- Hazards must now be classified, noting the hazard class and hazard category. This will define the level of hazard and the degree of severity.
- Percentages for classifying mixtures now have a tiered approach, instead of broad definitions.
- The new standard requires specific and information and language on labels. Harmonized signal words, pictograms, and hazard statements must be used. Additionally, statements listing precautionary hazard measures must be listed.
- 16-section safety data sheets (SDS) are now required to provide consistent information.
- OSHA’s mandatory permissible exposure limits (PELs) and the non-mandatory threshold limit values (TLVs) must be listed on the SDS.
- Employers are required to train employees on the new label elements.
- Employees must be trained on the new standard by December 1, 2013. Compliance with the modified provision of the final rule must be met by June 1, 2013.
- Distributors may ship products labeled under the old HazCom standard until Dec. 1, 2015.
- Employers must update workplace labeling and written hazard communications by June 1, 2016.
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