Are you prepared for a successful GHS transition?

(10/09/2013) Cragin & Pike

There are only 53 days left until all employees must be trained on the new label elements and SDS's by December 1, 2013! At Cragin & Pike, we have all the needed compliance items, including a hazard communication plan, an SDS management system and an online training that satisfies all compliance needs.

Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

Steps to Prepare for a Successful GHS Transition

  • Train employees on the GHS system by December 1, 2013.
  • Review and update your chemical inventory.
  • Update your written hazard communication plan.
  • Update Safety Data Sheets (SDS's) based on the inventory.
  • Review and update secondary chemical labels.

Important Dates

  • December 1, 2013   Employees must be trained on new label elements and SDS's.
  • June 1, 2015            All provisions of the hazard communication standard must be complied with, except for dates below.
  • December 1, 2015     Containers must have updated chemical labels for shipping.
  • June 1, 2016             Labeling and hazard communications program must be updated.

Key GHS Elements

The new SDS format (formaly MSDS) is the new, standardized, universal format of 16 specific sections.

New GHS label requirements include pictograms, use of signal words and use of standard hazard statements.

GHS Pictograms and Hazard Classes
Pictogram Pictogram Pictogram
  • Oxidizers
  • Flammables
  • Self Reactives
  • Pyrophorics
  • Self-Heating
  • Emits Flammable Gas
  • Organic Peroxides
  • Explosives
  • Self Reactives
  • Organic Peroxides
Pictogram Pictogram Pictogram
  • Acute toxicity (severe)
  • Corrosives
  • Gases Under Pressure
Pictogram Pictogram Pictogram
  • Carcinogen
  • Respiratory Sensitizer
  • Reproductive Toxicity
  • Target Organ Toxicity
  • Mutagenicity
  • Aspiration Toxicity
  • Environmental Toxicity
  • Irritant
  • Dermal Sensitizer
  • Acute toxicity (harmful)
  • Narcotic Effects
  • Respiratory Tract
  • Irritation

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Please contact Cragin & Pike, Inc. at 702-877-1111 or

For more information please read our previous blog post Globally Harmonized System (GHS).

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