Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)

HazCom + GHS:

In 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) aligned the Hazard Communications Standard (HazCom) with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

As of June 2015, United States chemical manufacturers are required to classify and label their products in accordance with the new HazCom requirements, and provide 16 section format Safety Data Sheets (SDS) to downstream users. Future implementation deadline dates affect distributors, workplace-specific written HazCom Programs, training and labeling.


Additional important information can be found here:


What is Wilbur-Ellis doing?

  • Updated product labels and SDS in coordination with best practices of GHS
  • Taken appropriate action to have our distribution channel transitioned by the December 1, 2015 deadline
  • Updating our internal training and programs to ensure best practices of GHS



What should you be doing?

  • Familiarize yourself with HazCom requirements (see links above)
  • Work with your OSHA representative to ensure compliance
​​Wilbur-Ellis cannot guarantee the information provided herein is complete or accurate, and this is not intended to replace your review of GHS standards or the recommendations of third party safety experts and/or OSHA representatives.
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