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Friday, January 08, 2010

National Association of Chemical Distributors Comments On GHS

The following is a press release from NACD:

At the end of last month the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) provided formal comments on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) to OSHA. NACD supports the overall goals of the GHS, which would not only improve hazard communications for employers and employees, but would also improve efficiencies throughout the entire chemical distribution industry. However, NACD does have concerns regarding the limited time chemical distribution companies have to make the transition towards the GHS.

Specifically, NACD has requested that OSHA grant chemical distributors an additional 18 months after the three year phase-in period to allow for the most efficient GHS implementation.

"There are many long-term benefits for employers, employees and the chemical distribution industry under OSHA's proposed GHS," said NACD President Chris Jahn. "But requiring small chemical distributors to make the transition at the same time as chemical suppliers could create problems, like a bottleneck in the supply chain. Small chemical distributors in particular just might not have the resources that larger suppliers have to complete the transition in time."

"If there is to be a real benefit for employers and employees, we need to make sure we get this transition right. An additional 18 months for chemical distribution companies to comply is in the interest of everyone who wants to see the GHS work effectively."

To view NACD's full comments to OSHA, visit www.nacd.com/advocacy/comments.aspx.

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