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The leaders in visual
safety.
Global Harmonized System
It is Ready, Are You?
GHSGHS 411
Standardized system of classifying
and labeling hazardous chemicals
Already internationally adopted, U.S.
trans...
GHSBut Why?
Creating one unified visual language eliminates
communication errors between nations.
Save time and $$$ – gove...
GHSWhat is The End Goal?
Standardize the classification rules for:
- Hazards
- Safety Data Sheets
- Chemical labeling
One ...
GHSWho’s Already In?
Canada
Mexico
Europe
Australia
China
New Zealand
Japan
Korea
GHSComing To America...
Transition started in 2012
3 year implementation process
1 million safety documents affected
for a...
GHS
$97 million per year to implement (total)
- $44M implementation and oversight
- $42M training
- $11M SDS preparation
$...
GHSWorth the Investment?
Prevention of 43 fatalities and 585 injuries and
illnesses per year
This alone will save $266 mil...
GHSSave The Date:
GHSOSHA’s Take:
“Revising OSHA's Hazard Communication standard
will improve the quality and consistency of hazard
informat...
GHSWhat’s Changing?
MSDS sheets redesigned as Safety
Data Sheets (SDS)
GHS standardizes the content and
formatting of SDS'...
GHS
4
1
=Label ratings are now inverted to ease confusion
- Current NFPA or HMIS systems have “4”
as worst and “1” as best...
GHSWhat’s Changing?
Two signal words in GHS used to
communicate the level of hazard on
label and SDS: danger and warning
S...
GHSWhat’s Changing?
Long, inconsistent, dense labels inhibit maximum
transmission of critical info
High risk involved with...
GHSNation Of Symbols
American culture is already symbol savvy
We understand and interpret symbols quickly
and easily
GHSReady Or Not...
Get prepared and be on the lookout for GHS info
Mark your calendar with implementation dates
Create a t...
GHS
Create a plan to acquire, update,
and manage new SDS documents
Update workplace labels according
to new regulations
Pl...
GHS
We have you covered.
Creative Safety Supply works with companies both
large and small to help them with their
GHS Labe...
www.creativesafetysupply.com
1-866-777-1360
call us toll-free:
or visit us online at:
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GHS - It Is Ready, Are You?

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GHS, or the Globally Harmonized System has been utilized by most countries overseas already for some time now. The USA is approaching it's date of conversion very quickly now. This document touches on some of the main talking points about the where, when, why and how of the upcoming GHS conversion from MSDS to SDS, or Safety Data Sheet, and much more. Learn more about GHS here: https://www.creativesafetysupply.com/articles/the-definitive-guide-to-globally-harmonized-system-ghs-labeling/

While this slideshare can only touch on some of the top level issues and items of concern, due to the constraints of the message medium, it is nonetheless of value and we encourage you to review the information. As well this slideshare can be used as a refresher course, of sorts, for those who want to review some of the upcoming changes in the industry.

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GHS - It Is Ready, Are You?

  1. 1. The leaders in visual safety. Global Harmonized System It is Ready, Are You?
  2. 2. GHSGHS 411 Standardized system of classifying and labeling hazardous chemicals Already internationally adopted, U.S. transition underway Major implications expected on safety, welfare, and environment for anyone working with chemicals
  3. 3. GHSBut Why? Creating one unified visual language eliminates communication errors between nations. Save time and $$$ – governments no longer have to worry about complying with different systems. Workers are better protected and more efficient.Expands international trade possibilities
  4. 4. GHSWhat is The End Goal? Standardize the classification rules for: - Hazards - Safety Data Sheets - Chemical labeling One set of standards for one globe will enhance the protection of human health and environmental awareness - - EVERYWHERE
  5. 5. GHSWho’s Already In? Canada Mexico Europe Australia China New Zealand Japan Korea
  6. 6. GHSComing To America... Transition started in 2012 3 year implementation process 1 million safety documents affected for about 1 million chemicals 5 million+ workplaces affected 40 million workers affected
  7. 7. GHS $97 million per year to implement (total) - $44M implementation and oversight - $42M training - $11M SDS preparation $ Total Cost of Adoption $
  8. 8. GHSWorth the Investment? Prevention of 43 fatalities and 585 injuries and illnesses per year This alone will save $266 million per year Cost reductions+productivity improvements = $585 million per year Total net savings predicted by OSHA -$754 MILLION PER YEAR!!!
  9. 9. GHSSave The Date:
  10. 10. GHSOSHA’s Take: “Revising OSHA's Hazard Communication standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive” Hilda Solis, US Secretary of Labor
  11. 11. GHSWhat’s Changing? MSDS sheets redesigned as Safety Data Sheets (SDS) GHS standardizes the content and formatting of SDS's into a strict 16 Part Document with a set order 1. SDS
  12. 12. GHS 4 1 =Label ratings are now inverted to ease confusion - Current NFPA or HMIS systems have “4” as worst and “1” as best - With GHS, “category 1” is the worst 2. Classifications What’s Changing?
  13. 13. GHSWhat’s Changing? Two signal words in GHS used to communicate the level of hazard on label and SDS: danger and warning Standardized GHS pictograms developed 3. Labels
  14. 14. GHSWhat’s Changing? Long, inconsistent, dense labels inhibit maximum transmission of critical info High risk involved with different systems of hazard classification and labeling Clarity/Simplicity/Consistency= Effective Communication of Information= Improved Protection 4. How You Communicate
  15. 15. GHSNation Of Symbols American culture is already symbol savvy We understand and interpret symbols quickly and easily
  16. 16. GHSReady Or Not... Get prepared and be on the lookout for GHS info Mark your calendar with implementation dates Create a transition plan Conduct a chemical inventory A simple checklist to help you:
  17. 17. GHS Create a plan to acquire, update, and manage new SDS documents Update workplace labels according to new regulations Plan employee training on new GHS approaches Ready Or Not...
  18. 18. GHS We have you covered. Creative Safety Supply works with companies both large and small to help them with their GHS Labeling and Signage needs. We also carry a host of PDCA, Lean, 5S, 6S Kaizen, Kanban and Continuous Improvement products. CreativeSafetySupply.com. Looking For Help?
  19. 19. www.creativesafetysupply.com 1-866-777-1360 call us toll-free: or visit us online at: The leaders in visual safety

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