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Globally Harmonized system


         Effective December 1st, 2013, OSHA will be fusing its Hazard Communication Standard with the Globally Harmonized System.  The GHS is an acronym for The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The GHS is a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labeling of chemicals. It is a logical and comprehensive approach to:Defining health, physical and environmental hazards of chemicals;Creating classification processes that use available data on chemicals for comparison with the defined hazard criteria; and Communicating hazard information, as well as protective measures,  on labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS)    The single most important force that drove the creation of the GHS was the international mandate adopted in the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), often called the "Earth Summit". The harmonization of classification and labeling of chemicals was one of six program areas that were endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly to strengthen international efforts concerning the environmentally sound management of chemicals. It was recognized that an internationally harmonized approach to classification and labeling would provide the foundation for all countries to develop comprehensive national programs to ensure the safe use of chemicals.    The basic goal of hazard communication is to ensure that employers, employees and the public are provided with adequate, practical, reliable and comprehensible information on the hazards of chemicals, so that they can take effective preventive and protective measure for their health and safety. Thus, implementation of effective hazard communication provides benefits for governments, companies, workers, and members of the public.   TEAM Consulting Inc. has already begun training for companies in order to help keep employees current on OSHA standards.  TEAM has experienced consultants that will help you get the proper training you need quickly, and on your terms!