United States
Sustainability

Globally Harmonized Systems

The BASF NA Approach to GHS Compliance

What is GHS

In May 2012 US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) aligned their Hazard Communication Standard with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classifi cation and Labeling. The updated Hazard Communication Standard is intended to provide improved quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace and throughout the supply chain, thereby making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals.

Impact of GHS

Current physical, chemical and toxicological data will be used to classify product hazards per OSHA GHS rules. The communication of OSHA GHS hazards will be provided using standardized North American Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and Labels. All manufacturing locations, 3rd Party Warehouses, Toll Manufacturers, Distributors and key Joint Ventures are within the scope for meeting compliance deadlines

North American BASF Impact

Although OSHA has mandated the timeline, BASF will implement GHS on a North American basis (Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and the United States), and will meet country-specific deadlines.

North American Customer Impact

Customers will be requesting classifications in order to ensure they have time to implement their own changes by the key compliance dates. Refer customers to the list below for key target dates for providing BASF information. Please contact BASF EHS Product Information Center (EPIC@basf.com) for customer regulatory questions.