On June 1st 2016 chemical users will need to have the Globally Harmonized System of labeling chemicals in place. As a vendor of these chemical labels I see many companies still purchasing the old chemical labels that do not meet the new OSHA/GHS requirements. As a company we have began to inform our clients that these older labels have a fast approaching expiration date and that they should be purchasing the new GHS friendly labels that we released almost three years ago. Our analysts stated that it is not a surprise that people seem to be waiting until the last minute to switch to the GHS labels as people tend to purchase these type of items at the last minute. It seems risky that people would wait until the last minute to procure these essential items that could potentially save lives in the event of an emergency. Of OSHA's top 10 citations for 2015, hazard communication was number 2! Something as simple as placing a sign or label in an appropriate place is costing companies money and even worse placing their workforce in danger! Receiving this OSHA citation is completely preventable and yet it is the number 2 most popular. Now is the time to get in compliance and get your OSHA/GHS Hazcom labels in place. June 1st will be here before you know it!
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