Trinity Chemical Compliance: Hazard Communication and GHS Services
Trinity Consultants is experienced in assisting clients with compliance to global hazard communication regulations. Formerly part of The Redstone Group, our team includes biologists, chemists, industrial hygienists, and toxicologists, including professionals who are qualified by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) as Safety Data Sheet Registered Professionals.
We have provided hazard communication program support for clients in the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia and have developed thousands of Safety Data Sheets in over 25 jurisdictions and in 30 languages. Following are some services we provide for Hazard Communication:
- Program development and auditing
- Employee training program development and presentation
- Chemical inventory development
- Chemical hazard classification according to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)
- Preparation of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) according to local GHS requirements
- Preparation of Exposure Scenarios and SDS Annex according to EU REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and potential restriction of Chemical substances)
- Development of industrial label content according to local GHS requirements
- Development of consumer label content according to local consumer protection requirements
What is the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)?
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a standardized system created by the United Nations to communicate the hazards of chemicals through consistent hazard classification and preparation of SDSs and labels. Implementation of the GHS is expected to enhance protection of human health and the environment, provide a hazard communication framework for countries without an existing system, reduce costs by reducing the need for chemical testing, and facilitate international trade for chemicals by having an international system for hazard communication.
The GHS has been adopted into law by many countries including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the EU, Asia, and Australia However, it is important to note that some governments have adopted different versions of the UN GHS, and/or have amended the provisions to include country-specific regulations that were part of their previous hazard communication regulations. Examples include but are not limited to:
- Hazards Not Otherwise Classified (HNOC) in the U.S.
- Biological hazards in Canada
- Specific label requirements in the EU, Brazil and China
Important Dates or Timing
Compliance dates have already passed for implementing GHS in the countries or regions listed above. Safety Data Sheets and labels must be updated as new information becomes available that impacts chemical hazard classification or the means to protect against or respond to chemical hazards.
In Europe, Annex VIII amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (CLP) has been adopted to standardize information provided to Poison Centres, with compliance dates beginning in 2021. Manufacturers, suppliers, and European importers should begin preparing now to ensure they complete all the notifications by the compliance deadline.
Who Needs Hazard Communication Services?
All chemical manufacturers, distributors and employers who utilize hazardous chemicals in the workplace are obligated to comply with hazard communication regulations.