KMK Regulatory Services offers expert compliance services for easy transitioning of your safety data sheets and labels as the various countries where you ship your products adopt specific GHS revisions. Contact us to learn how to become real-time GHS compliant.
Important Changes to Safety Data Sheets and Labels for GHS Compliance
OSHA adopted the GHS framework in North America in March 2012, and Canada in 2015. The objective for hazard communication under GHS is to develop a harmonized hazard communication system including labelling and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) based on GHS classification criteria.
All important elements of the SDS have been changed under GHS. GHS also requires specific changes to harmonize labels including the following; new hazard pictograms, signal words and hazard statements, precautionary statements, product identifiers and supplier identification.
The GHS SDS is now known as Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and it has a 16 section format as follows:
- 1. Identification
- 2. Hazard(s) identification
- 3. Composition/information on ingredients
- 4. First-aid measures
- 5. Fire-fighting measures
- 6. Accidental release measures
- 7. Handling and storage
- 8. Exposure controls/personal protection
- 9. Physical and chemical properties
- 10. Stability and reactivity
- 11. Toxicological information
- 12. Ecological information
- 13. Disposal considerations
- 14. Transport information
- 15. Regulatory information
- 16. Other information
GHS in Canada
On February 11th, 2015, the Canadian government announced the implementation of the Global Harmonized System (GHS), standardizing classifications and hazards related to chemicals in the workplace.
What is to be done NOW?
KMK Regulatory Services offers expert understanding of GHS legislation and GHS compliance services for Canada (WHMIS 2015) to ease transition for your material safety data sheets (SDS) and labels.
KMK Regulatory Services can help your company to minimize the impacts of GHS in Canada (WHMIS 2015). We’ve designed a simple and effective transition plan to ease the burden of the process along the years. We can create a detailed GHS conversion plan and assist with the classification of substances for GHS, as well as revise all of your material safety data sheets and labels, including the ones from your suppliers.
3 easy steps for transitioning your company to become GHS Compliant in the next year:
- 1. Identify and communicate the impact of GHS to management and stakeholders
- What impacts will the GHS regulations have on your business?
- What impacts does GHS have on your current process?
- Do labels need to be redesigned to include new GHS pictograms?
- How will this affect your shipping costs?
- Will your suppliers SDSs AFFECT THE CLASSIFICATION of YOUR products?
- 2. KMK will help companies build a step by step plan to begin converting all regulated documents, and to keep them compliant each year. Depending on your situation, this transition may require several months, therefore it is critical to have someone monitor the changes EVERY YEAR, because an inspection from the authorities can be VERY EXPENSIVE, in the case of non-compliance.
- 3. KMK will support your organization in maintaining compliance consistency so you never have to worry again about the high cost of non-compliance with our yearly maintenance program.
ALL SDSs in Canadian workplaces MUST be available in BOTH OFFICIAL LANGUAGES (English and French), it is no longer an option to have only 1 language as it was under WHMIS 1988.
GHS Transition Plan
KMK offers GHS Compliance Services and a
Yearly Maintenance Program!
KMK Regulatory Services designed a simple and effective Program to ease the regulatory burden of our customers. We can create a detailed GHS compliance plan and assist with the classification of substances according to GHS, as well as revise all of your material safety data sheets and labels, including the ones from your suppliers.
Some important steps to becoming GHS Compliant
- Re-evaluation of how substances and mixtures are classified under GHS
- Yearly updating and re-issuing all regulated documents, such as SDSs, and labels
- Training staff on new GHS classifications and symbols
GHS Hazardous Assessment
Can you answer all of these questions about GHS and your products?
- Are you aware of the impact of the various GHS Revisions on the classification of your products?
- Does your cost of transportation vary because of the new classification of your products?
- Should you consider substituting one or more substances to reduce the hazards of your finished products?
- Are you entering into new markets and want to know, in advance, how your products are going to be classified?
- Are any substance(s), in your finished products banned or restricted in one of the countries you ship your products?
- Do any of your products or substances need to be registered?
KMK has the expertise and capability to build a full range of customized Hazard Assessment solutions for each of these situations and to answer all of these questions.
With our hazardous assessment services and solutions, KMK can help you identify if your current products are in compliance with the regulations year after year. By analyzing your substances and mixtures using the complex and country specific GHS calculations, we can reveal how your product will be classified BEFORE you export it! Then we can develop a variety of Hazard Assessment Reports (GHSmart©) to give you the information you need to optimize your formulation from a regulatory stand point, in accordance with GHS.
GHS ensures that all countries use the same system for the classification for chemical substances and a harmonized hazard communication element (SDSs, Labels and Training) using the same phrases and symbols. Manufacturers, suppliers and users of chemicals are now required to comply with GHS worldwide. However, please note that each country has kept some regulatory details specific to themselves, so GHS comes in many flavors!
A proven on-going compliance process
GHS in North America
In March, the United States adopted the GHS framework as part of the HAZCOM 2012 law. At that time, Revision 3 of the United Nations GHS was used. This law not only included fundamental changes in hazard communication, such as the use of hazard symbols, but also introduced a MANDATORY form and content of safety data sheets (SDSs) and labels. The complex calculations used to classify a mixture for human health hazard classifications were, themselves, a revolution compared to the previous version of the law.
Canada adopted GHS in 2015 under the WHMIS 2015 law, using Revision 5 of the United Nations GHS, but with several adjustments to facilitate trade with the United States.
Finally, after accepting all GHS revisions to be used in its territory, Mexico adopted a decree in 2015 enforcing Revision 5, requiring that all documents are to be written in Spanish language.
Manufacturers now face challenges such as:
- Re-evaluating how their substances and mixtures are classified
- Re-issuing SDSs and labels
- Re-training staff to familiarize themselves with new symbols and classifications
How do I comply to GHS year after year?
In order to comply with GHS, companies need to constantly review their suppliers SDSs, their own formulation changes, the various markets from which they import their raw materials, and where they ship their finished products to ensure their TOTAL COMPLIANCE with all local requirements.
Start by asking yourself some basic questions…
- Do my current regulatory strategies support the changes in GHS ?
- Do I have access to the official GHS classifications, including substance classifications?
- Do I have an easy way to translate all my documents using the Official GHS phrases everywhere ?
If you have answered NO to any, or all of these questions, KMK Regulatory Services can help. We’ve designed a simple and effective process to ease your GHS Regulatory Compliance burden, worldwide.