GHS stands for Global Harmonization System where hazardous chemicals are required to follow a global standard of labeling. OSHA is the regulatory body in the United States responsible for the US component of this planet-wide agreement. The chemical industry worldwide is a $1.7 trillion dollar market so this is a big deal. World governments believe that this will make chemicals safer to use across countries and languages where there are many different standards which are ostensibly creating confusion and unsafe chemical use. These changes will result in more copy being displayed on the product particularly if foreign languages are involved.
In reviewing this regulation, JH Bertrand believes the biggest issue for manufacturers will be in the area of small containers. As of this writing, OSHA is allowing no exemptions for small product containers meaning that foldout labels may be needed to accommodate the new label regulations. If you find yourself facing the problem of complying with GHS on small containers, please call us. We are VERY skilled at applying a volume of copy to small, curvy containers.
The deadline appears to be sometime in 2015 so it is fast approaching.
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