Navigating GHS – HazCom2012 Books

Help! I’m lost!

Here it is January of 2015 and I’m so lost and confused in this world of Hazard Communications. Is there a set of directions or a map through this land of labels, safety data sheets and classifications? Daily, phrases such as “UN Model Regulations”, “Purple Book”, “HazCom2012”, “GHS Classification” and “June 1, 2015” are tossed around in conversation with great emphasis.

Are these the same?

Are they different?

Can you explain it?

Luckily, ICC Compliance Center is here to help with you navigate. There are multiple resources in particular that can help.

Here is just a sample of what we have to offer:

bkghs11_new_1Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)

Also known as the “Purple Book”: This is the UN Model REGULATION that outlines exactly what GHS is. It explains the comprehensive changes to how customers are informed of hazards, by finally establishing an internationally uniform system for classifying hazardous chemicals, labeling them and providing Safety Data Sheets (SDS). Encompassing many sectors, including workplace safety, consumer sales, transportation, and environmental protection. This is updated every two years so be sure to use the correct edition! Use this to see if you are on the correct continent of your map.

bk-ghs04Just HazCom: Hazard Communication Regulation

Here is “HazCom2012” or the “US GHS”. “Just HazCom” has the parts of 29 CFR 1910.1200 used to ensure that the hazards of all chemicals produced Continue Reading…