GHS Regulations

As a responsible chemical distributor, TRI is committted to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in alignment with the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), effective June 1, 2015. We are taking every step necessary to ensure that we and our partners are prepared to meet the GHS label and SDS format requirements by the June 1st deadline.

GHS Regulations Summary

Updates and additions are needed to the labeling of all chemicals into the United States to standardize worker health concerns by the GHS (Global Harmonization System) standards.

Please note this additional labeling requirement relates to the safety measures only and it does not replace the standard IMDG/DOT labeling for shipment.

Although your time frame for startup might vary from United States, we are required to ask you to comply with new regulations for shipment into the United States on or before June 1, 2015.  

This is the startup date for the US and all materials in our warehouses or on the water must meet the new GHS labeling requirements.  These labels must have the required Signal Word and Pictogram(s) associated with that product by GHS standards. 

Please use the resources below for your reference:
- GHS Purple Book used for determining whether the product is labeled properly
- OSHA Fact Sheet on GHS

Below are examples:

GHS Pictograms and Hazard Classes:

GHS03 Comb   GHS02 Flame   GHS Explosives
Oxidizers   Flammables
Self Reactives
Pyrophorics
Self-Heating
Emits Flammable Gas
Organic Peroxides  
  Explosives
Self Reactives
Organic Peroxides
         
GHS06 Skull Poison   GHS05 Corrosion   Gas Under Pressure
Acute toxicity (severe)     Corrosives      Gases Under Pressure
         
GHS08 Health   GHS09 Environment   GHS07 Exclamation
Carcinogen
Respiratory Sensitizer
Reproductive Toxicity
Target Organ Toxicity
Mutagenicity
Aspiration Toxicity   
  Environmental Toxicity   
  Irritant
Dermal Sensitizer
Acute toxicity (harmful)
Narcotic Effects
Respiratory Tract
Irritation

 
GHS Signal Words

DANGER
WARNING

Safety Date Sheets & GHS Regulations:

The second and equally important thing to remember is that a new Safety Data Sheet will be required for each product.  The SDS (as they will be called) Safety Data Sheet is to have the GHS Hazardous Pictograms and Signal Word and included in each new SDS.  

The SDS is to follow the established format listed below.

Section 1: Identification
Section 2: Hazard(s) identification
Section 3: Composition/information on ingredients
Section 4:, First-aid measures
Section 5: Fire-fighting measures
Section 6: Accidental release measures
Section 7: Handling and storage
Section 8: Exposure controls/personal protection
Section 9: Physical and chemical properties
Section 10: Stability and reactivity
Section 11: Toxicological information
Section 12: Ecological information
Section 13: Disposal considerations
Section 14: Transport information
Section 15: Regulatory information
Section 16: Other information, including date of preparation or last revision

Import Note to Suppliers:
All material labeling and documentation must comply with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in alignment with the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), effective June 1, 2015. TRI reserves the right to refuse or reject any shipment that does not comply with these requirements, and may pass along any fees or penalties for non-compliance to the Supplier.

Click here to submit GHS information or documentation to TRI

Please include the following details in your communication:
- Organization Name
- Contact Name
- Contact Email & Phone Number
- GHS Compliant Safety Data Sheet
- GHS Compliant product labels and photos

Please feel free to contact our Complaince Manager, Sandra Fuller, directly at any time for questions regarding GHS and the requirements of TRI.

Sandra Fuller
Compliance Manager
Ph: +1(206) 505-3500
sandy.fuller@trichemicals.com 

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