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Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

Chemical Management, SDS Authoring, MSDS Authoring, GHS Training, SDS Management, MSDS Management, GHS Labeling, 29 CFR 1910.1200, HCS

GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) Pictograms

On March 26, 2012, OSHA published extensive revisions to its Hazard Communication Standard in order to align it with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

The changes became effective May 25, 2012 and OSHA has provided employers with set milestones over a 4-year period before reaching full compliance with all requirements of the GHS rule by June 1, 2016.

The full GHS rule is over 800 pages in length. Understanding its impact on your organization and how to achieve compliance can seem overwhelming.


How can Cornerstone Help Your Organization to Comply with GHS Requirements?

Our staff is well-versed in all GHS requirements and will work with you to develop, implement and maintain a plan for compliance.

Cornerstone offers cost-effective solutions and resources to help organizations of all sizes achieve compliance with GHS and HazCom training requirements.

  • Customized On-Site Training: Cornerstone will work with your team to develop and implement a training program to ensure your staff understands the new signal words and pictograms, as well as changes to labeling and the new SDS format.
  • Train-the-Trainer Workshops: Our workshop will provide you with the information you need to fully train your employees on the GHS standard.

Under OSHA’s new Hazard Communications Standard, employers must train all affected employees on the new label elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding no later than December 1, 2013..

Safety Data Sheets (previously referred to as Material Safety Data Sheets), must adhere to a 16-section format, with precise requirements for the information that must be contained in each section.

Cornerstone staff has the knowledge and experience to help your organization manage the challenges associated with authoring and distributing GHS compliant SDSs.

For products with an existing MSDSs: Our staff will convert existing Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to comply with the GHS Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format.

For products without an existing MSDS: Cornerstone staff will conduct the required hazard determination and author an SDS utilizing the 16 Section ANSI format that will meet all OSHA requirements.

Additionally, SDS Authoring clients will be provided web access to all of the SDS documents we author on your behalf.

Although manufacturers are required to provide updated safety data sheets for their customers, the burden for obtaining the updated documents will fall on employers.

Cornerstone’s chemical management staff will work directly with your suppliers to obtain updated SDS information for products in use at your facility allowing your staff to focus on other tasks.

Cornerstone is an industry leader in chemical inventory management, electronic SDS imaging and software management systems.

Our experienced staff of IT professionals coupled with our commitment to using advanced technology has enabled us to develop cutting edge electronic tools and propriety software for use in managing the needs of our clients.

As your organization works toward compliance with each stage of the GHS requirements, our staff will keep your Hazard Communication plans and programs in sync with these changes.

Cornerstone’s FOUNDATION MSDS/SDS Management and Chemical Inventory Software can assist your staff in generating printable GHS compliant labels to meet secondary container requirements..




December 1, 2013: Employers must train all affected employees on the new label elements and SDS format.

June 1, 2015: Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers must comply with all modified provisions of the final rule, except for labeling component.

December 1, 2015: Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers must ensure all containers meet GHS labeling requirements prior to shipment.

June 1, 2016: Employers must update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication programs as necessary, and must provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.