Simplified, Harmonized Hazard Communication Standard Now in EffectPosted on Sep 24, 2015
Labels now need to include six standard elements for classified hazards: product identifier, manufacturer contact information, hazard pictograms, signal word (DANGER or WARNING), hazard statements and precautionary statements. The SDS format, formerly the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), is now the key Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The information required on the SDS is essentially the same as the former MSDS; however, it will now be required to be organized in a specific 16-section format.
- -Sections 1 – 8 of the SDS contain general information about the chemical identification, hazards, composition, safe handling practices and emergency control measures.
- -Sections 9 – 16 contain other technical and scientific information, including the date of preparation or last revision.
- -According to the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University, here are some basic tips to prevent chemical injury and exposure:
- -Guard against splashes, spills and skin contact when mixing, handling and applying chemicals. At a minimum, wear long pants, long sleeves (or coveralls) and enclosed shoes.
- -Wear additional protective equipment as recommended by the label. This may include chemicalresistant gloves, goggles and/or a face shield and an approved respirator.
- -Mix and prepare products in a well-ventilated area.
- -Use only the amount and concentration specified by the label.
- -Do not mix different products unless allowed by label directions.
- -Launder chemical-soiled clothing separately from other laundry, and triple rinse.
- -Avoid inhaling sprays, dust and vapors.
- -Limit storage areas to the minimum needed to discourage storing unnecessary chemicals.
- -Store chemicals in a secure area. Keep them in locked, weatherproof areas located above ground to prevent moisture problems, like rusting and disintegration. Locate storage areas at a safe site that will not be subjected to flooding. Make sure the area is well lit with a sign indicating the area contains chemicals, and provide at least two emergency contact numbers. Keep storage areas dry and well ventilated, avoiding freezing and extreme high temperatures. Keep chemicals out of reach of children and pets.
- -Store chemicals in their original containers. Keep the containers tightly closed and clearly labeled. If labels become worn or damaged, re-label the container with its contents or discard the chemical. Never store chemicals in damaged containers, and never use food or beverage containers to store chemicals.
Press release courtesy of AFBF.
Sources: 1. “Are You Ready? GHS Hazard Communication Standard Final Rule,” W.W. Grainger, Inc. 2013. http://static.grainger.com/images/GHS-Standard-Rule.pdf 2. “Agrochemicals on Your Farm: Safety,” The Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. http://www.prep4agthreats.org/Assets/Factsheets/Agrochemicals-on-Your-Farm-Safety.pdf
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