From: Ed Austin <Ed.Austin**At_Symbol_Here**SIAL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] GHS H/P and R/S codes
Date: May 7, 2012 3:24:42 PM EDT
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Others have responded to your inquiry with information on the regulations.  Here is what we are doing at Sigma-Aldrich.

The EU CLP regulation introduced a transition period until June 1, 2015, which requires us to show both the GHS H/P and the "old" R/S codes on our Safety Data Sheet but not on the label.  As of then the R/S codes will be eliminated.  Since 2011 all newly applied labels from Sigma-Aldrich are based on the GHS system.  There are however products that go out to the customers from inventory that are still labelled according to the old standard but they will eventually be phased out.  A product is only labelled according to one standard either old EU or GHS.

The new US legislation is based on the GHS and will thus require GHS H/P statements to be shown on the label.

Ed Austin, Ph.D.
Manager, Environmental, Health, and Safety
Direct: (414) 438-3815
Mobile: (414) 333-4471

Ralph B Stuart <rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**CORNELL.EDU>
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05/07/2012 09:48 AM
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[DCHAS-L] GHS H/P and R/S codes

I'm looking at the Sigma-Aldrich web site entries for safety information about specific chemicals. In addition to the GHS pictograms, I see entries for Hazard Statement and Precautionary Statement codes and Risk Statements and Safety Statements codes.

Are these sets of information redundant? If so, which hare the ones that OSHA has in mind to be included on labels that will be required when the revised Hazard Communication standard takes effect? Will these requirements apply to the lab setting as well?

Thanks for any information on this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart CIH
Laboratory Ventilation Specialist
Department of Environmental Health and Safety
Cornell University


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