Do Your Labels Comply with GHS?
In 2003, the United Nations (UN) adopted the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Changes to the HCS (Hazard Communication Standard), which has been revised to align with the GHS), affects over 43 million workers in over 5 million workplaces.
The biggest changes center on Labels, so that is where the greatest costs to businesses lie.
Annualized costs (spread out over 4 years) are expected to be over $200 million. Annualized savings are estimated to be between $700 and $800 million, for a new savings of $500 million annually. Additionally, OSHA expects the revised standard will prevent 43 fatalities and 585 injuries annually, which is calculated at 1% of the expected outcomes from the 1983 promulgation of the HCS.
Effective June 1, 2016
Chemical manufacturers and distributors must complete hazard reclassification and produce GHS styled labels and safety data sheets. Employers must be in full compliance with revised HCS, including complete training of employees on new hazards and/or revisions to workplace hazard communication program.
CCL Understands Change.
After GHS compliance revisions have been made, contact CCL to evaluate your label and ease you through any color, construction or page count changes that might be required. We are experts in fitting more information into less space with our expanded content labels. Now may be the perfect time to give your labels an overhaul. We’d be glad to help!
How Can CCL Help?
- Short run, UV protected shipping decals
- Color printing added to your labels for GHS compliance
- Printable lamination for lot numbers & other variable data
- Evaluation of your booklet label construction to accommodate new GHS changes. (Need to add more pages, a cover-up label or an opening feature? Let our experts help advise you)