Globally Harmonized System

The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) standards on March 12, 2012. These standards will be implemented through the hazards communications regulations found in 29 CFR §1910.1200. The material safety data sheets (MSDS) will no longer be called MSDS but instead they will be called safety data sheets (SDS). The two key changes in the GHS standards include a) the safety data sheets will have to follow a specific format that is comprised of 16 sections b) the warning label on the product will have to contain the following seven elements:

- Product identifier
- Supplier identification
- Precautionary statements
- Hazard pictograms
- Signal word
- Hazard statement
- Supplemental information

As an example, the hazard pictogram below is one of the eight required hazard pictograms that may be found on a warning label. This hazard pictogram indicates that the product has the acute toxicity characteristic. 


Employers should have trained their employees on the new warning label elements and the safety data sheet format by December 31, 2013. Sid Richardson is in the process of working with our trade association the International Carbon Black Association on the appropriate warning label for our product, and we will comply with all provisions of the GHS standards by the June 1, 2015 deadline.