GHS Impact on U.S. Chemical Manufacturers:
Regulatory Changes and Practical Guidance


GHS Impact on Chemical CompaniesChemical manufacturers bear the brunt of changes brought about in OSHA's 2012 Hazard Communication Standard. With the first deadline approaching, which requires employee training be completed by December 1, 2013, the meticulous work of classifying chemicals, compiling data for publication in the new safety data sheet format and changing labels is just beginning for U.S. chemical producers. The following paper examines a number of topics, including:

  • An overview of the new standard
  • Changes from the 1983 version
  • The rationale for alignment with the international standard
  • Global adoption of the United Nations' framework
  • Practical guidance and resources for chemical companies to reference as their changeover work begins

Who is this paper for?

  • Chemical Manufacturers
  • Chemical Distributors
  • Chemical Suppliers

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NOTE: Paper has been revised - November 2014.

About Us

About the Author:

Paul Burgess, DGSA
Paul Burgess is a Staff Regulatory Specialist at Labelmaster and the company's expert on OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard. Paul's training includes degrees from the University of Washington and Governors State University, professional certification as a Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA), an EPA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Specialist and training in the federal Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. Paul has more than 30 years of experience in the hazard communication, dangerous goods, and environmental, health and safety sectors, including the U.S. Navy and the trucking, heavy manufacturing and railroad industries.

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Labelmaster®, established in 1967, is a developer, manufacturer, distributor and marketer of hazardous material compliance products, including labels, forms, placards, packaging, software and publications. The company's 45 years of experience in providing regulatory information and products for all transportation modes make it especially qualified as a total compliance resource. Labelmaster also offers dangerous goods packing and crating services as well as consulting and auditing solutions. Labelmaster is located at 5724 N. Pulaski Road in Chicago, Illinois. For additional information, please visit the Labelmaster website and find us on Facebook or Twitter.