What are the compliance dates for GHS implementation?

There are 4 main dates that you should be concerned with in regard to the Globally Harmonized System of classification of chemicals.  The first one comes at the end of next year and is probably the easiest to implement.  By December 1, 2013 affected employees should be trained on the updated hazard communication standard and GHS system.

The next date you should be concerned about is June 1, 2016.  This is the date that you must be in full compliance with the updated GHS system and hazard communication standards.

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(j) Effective dates. (1) Employers shall train employees regarding the new label elements and safety data sheets format by December 1, 2013.

(2) Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers shall be in compliance with all modified provisions of this section no later than June 1, 2015, except:

(i)After December 1, 2015, the distributor shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless the label has been modified to comply with paragraph (f)(1) of this section.

(ii) All employers shall, as necessary, update any alternative workplace labeling used under paragraph (f)(6), update the hazard communication program required by paragraph (h)(1), and provide any additional employee training in accordance with paragraph (h)(3) for newly identified physical or health hazards no later than June 1, 2016.

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