One of OSHA’s most far-reaching regulations in the past decade focuses on chemical hazards and how we communicate about them. As of 2016, the U.S. government’s previous chemical communication system has been replaced with the Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication (GHS), requiring secondary GHS labels on chemicals. This new set of standards was created (and agreed upon) by an international congress of representatives to create a consistent “language” for communicating about chemicals, especially hazardous chemicals.
Since the new GHS guidelines went into full effect, Stop-Painting’s secondary GHS labels quickly became a top selling item. Our GHS labels, designed in-house, were the top pick for companies looking for an easy solution for becoming compliant with new GHS regulations. This new system utilizes Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and labeling that will be identical for the same chemical no matter if it was manufactured in Europe, Asia or North America or what language the maker of the chemical use in labeling. This will not only enhance the protection for people and the environment, but will facilitate international trade.
For example, many of the same products come from the United States, Japan and Germany. By implementing secondary GHS labels, workers will see the same type of product labels and SDS on all of the products they purchase – no matter what the country of origin. Companies that remove chemicals from the original bottle and transfer into secondary bottles (usually spray bottles), have to apply proper labels on these secondary containers. This process may seem unnecessary to some small businesses, however a typical OSHA fine for not properly labeling containers according to GHS guidelines is about $2,000.
Getting your hazardous labels updated should be a priority, says hazmat specialist and former OSHA compliance officer, Chris Palmisano. OSHA HAZCOM workplace labeling citations are currently the number one written OSHA fine citation in the United States for General Industry and number two in Construction.
As employers are required to upgrade their plans for labeling secondary workplace containers –that is, containers into which a hazardous chemical is transferred from its original bottle, canister or receptacle – we designed and developed labels that will meet this need. Don’t let fines affect your bottom line. Updating labels can be an easy process with Stop-Painting.com.
We offer a carefully researched, easy to apply GHS label created by our company and Palmisano. An employee simply transfers data from the original container’s label to the Stop-Painting’s secondary container label. Each piece of hazard information found on the chemical’s original label finds a home on the secondary container label.
Palmisano says, “Until now, most companies and organizations have been using labels that do not contain pictograms, signal words, or other core elements of the GHS labeling scheme. These older labels also rely on a hazard numbering scale that runs in the reverse direction of the GHS scale (that is, high numbers denote high hazards instead of low hazards), which may cause confusion now that GHS has been adopted as the standard for original container labels. In light of the recent regulatory changes, OSHA has mandated employers to update their procedures for labeling secondary containers to ensure that they are complying with OSHA’s new regulations implementing GHS.”
Check out our website that covers everything you need to know about using our labels and how they ensure you’re OSHA compliant.