Hazmat: Globally Harmonized System: What Is It?

By Eric G. Bachman In March 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated a final rule affecting the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS - 29 CFR 1910.1200). The rule officially adopts applicable elements of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for the classification and labeling of chemicals. The new criterion affects chemical manufacturers, importers, and distributors, as well as employers who use chemicals. While the GHS directly applies to these groups, it also impacts the emergency services. GHS information has not been well communicated to the fire service. However, fire personnel must become familiar with the changes for enhanced preincident preparedness...

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