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OSHA's June 2015 GHS Deadline Quickly Approaches, MSDSonline Webinar Helps Ease the GHS Transition

CHICAGO, May 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MSDSonline, the leading provider of cloud-based environmental, health and safety (EHS) solutions protecting more than eight million workers, is offering an exclusive webinar tomorrow, May 14, 2015, that covers the immediate steps employers and chemical manufactures should take to prepare for the upcoming Globally Harmonized System (GHS) deadline on June 1, 2015. The seminar, "New OSHA GHS Deadlines Fast Approaching: What To Do Between Now and June 2015!," runs approximately 60 minutes with time allowed for Q&A with an expert on the subject. Registration is now open at https://info.msdsonline.com/20150514-webinar-registration.html. The webinar will be repeated on June 11, 2015. Visit https://info.msdsonline.com/20150611-webinar-registration.html to register.

June 1, 2015 is the deadline by which manufacturers, distributors, and importers must reclassify chemicals and update all SDSs and labels to the new GHS format. Many in the industry are in the process of preparing, but some still have questions about what will change for them, and what they'll need to do in order to be fully compliant. MSDSonline's GHS Deadline webinar is for those looking to stay on top of HazCom compliance as it reviews the basis of HazCom and GHS, while also offering tips and best practices for managing the modification process.

"With the GHS transition in full swing, we have received lots of questions and concerns about the June 2015 deadline," said Glenn Trout, president and CEO of MSDSonline. "Protecting more than eight million workers through our platform today, our mission is to ensure employers and chemical manufacturers have the knowledge and tools necessary to meet the updated HazCom requirements. Whether you have a handle on GHS or still have questions about the transition process, this webinar serves as a helpful guide in not only understanding the upcoming June 1 deadline, but also those still yet to come."

The June 1, 2015 deadline is just the next in a series of ongoing deadlines as part of OSHA's GHS implantation transition. Other important dates include:

  • December 1, 2013 — Date by which employers were required to train employees on the new SDSs and labels in GHS format.
  • June 1, 2015 — The upcoming deadline is the date by which manufacturers and importers must reclassify their chemicals and produce/update GHS formatted labels and safety data sheets.
  • December 1, 2015 — Deadline for distributors to eliminate inventory with old labels. Effectively, they can continue using the pre-GHS labeling system until December 1.
  • June 1, 2016 — The final deadline and date by which employers must be in full compliance with GHS. That means making any necessary updates to their hazard communication programs, training employees on new hazards identified during the reclassification process, updating workplace labels, and anything else required by HazCom 2012.

Employers and chemical manufacturers interested in registering for GHS Deadline webinar can do so by visiting www.MSDSonline.com/resources/webinars. Space is limited. Visitors can also find additional information on the GHS implementation through the MSDSonline GHS Answer Center.

About MSDSonline

Founded in 1996 and based in Chicago, MSDSonline started as a pioneer in electronic management of safety data sheets and has since grown into a comprehensive chemical management solution provider, adding products for training, injury and illness tracking, and SDS authoring. In 2014, the company expanded its EHS and sustainability offerings through the acquisition of KMI (www.kminnovations.com), the leading provider of enterprise level EHS and sustainability software solutions. More than 8 million employees use MSDSonline's chemical management, on-demand training and authoring solutions to help perform their jobs safely. Additional information is available online at www.MSDSonline.com and on the official company blog at www.MSDSonline.com/blog. MSDSonline is an Actua (Nasdaq:ACTA) company.

CONTACT: Media Contacts MSDSonline Betsy Utley-Marin 312.881.2307 butleymarin@MSDSonline.com Actua Corporation Karen Greene 610.727.6900 karen@actua.com

Source: MSDSonline