International Implementation of the GHS for Workplace Chemicals

United States

The United States (U.S.) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its Final Rule for the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom2012) to implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace chemicals on March 26, 2012. HazCom2012 includes a transition time until June 1, 2015 for chemical manufacturers and importers to be compliant with all provisions, with distributors being fully compliant by December 1, 2015, and the completion of the workplace training by June 2016.

European Union

The European Union (EU) published their Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures in December 2008. This Regulation aligns the previous EU legislation on classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals with the GHS criteria. The GHS implementation for substances is complete, and the implementation for mixtures according to the new criteria must be complete by June 1, 2015.


On January 1, 2012, Safe Work Australia, the national policy body responsible for the development and evaluation of work health and safety (WHS) laws, introduced a new model WHS regulatory package. The model WHS includes a transition time until December 31, 2016 for compliance with all provisions.

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