Ever since OSHA implemented new chemical labeling requirements in June of 2015, there has been some confusion among chemical manufacturers in the U.S. In particular, they want to know if they should use the Global Harmonized System (GHS) of classification or U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) labeling system. Although both systems are designed to alert handlers of hazardous chemicals inside any container, be it a bag, bottle, box, barrel, can, cylinder, drum, etc., they go about it in slightly different ways.
Emissions cuts are an inescapable fact for businesses in a variety of industries. Since Obama announced the Climate Action Plan in 2013, the EPA has made several steps toward cutting carbon emissions including finalizing the Clean Power Plan and setting new source performance standards (NSPSs) to limit carbon pollution from new power plants. Significant efforts addressing the largest sources of methane emissions were also set in motion with new and modified NSPSs proposed.
In 1996, genetically modified crops were introduced to the fields of the world. One of the purported benefits of these genetically modified organisms was the reduced need for pesticides and herbicides. The modified genes were designed to produce the toxins from inside the plant, rather than require application from outside. Initially, this concept seemed well-founded as a worldwide dip in pesticide and herbicide use was recorded at the end of the last millennium. Life, however, can adapt at a remarkable pace. Increasingly, scientists and agronomists discovered new varieties of plants and insects that had developed a resistance to the compounds the modified crops produced.
Many questions have surfaced recently on the new requirements of container labeling under GHS, and the associated impact to companies.
Physical on-site chemical inventory audits are the first, important step in your organization’s transition to GHS.