GHS (Global Harmonization)

Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT)
Product Stewardship Global Operations

Date: April 14, 2015

Subject: Honeywell PMT implementation of U.N. Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) requirements for North America

Dear Customer:

Adoption is underway of the United Nation’s GHS initiative, a program designed to replace older classification and labeling standards with a consistent global criteria for classification and labeling. Honeywell intends to fully comply with the program and is providing you with the following information on upcoming changes in North America.

Phase-in schedule for implementation of the new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS):

Effective Completion Date Requirement(s) Who
December 1, 2013 Train employees on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) format. Employers
June 1, 2015



December 1, 2015

Compliance with all modified provisions of this final rule, except:
The distributor shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless it is a GHS label
Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers
June 1, 2016 Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly defined physical or health hazards. Employers
Transition Period to the effective completion dates noted above May comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (the final standard), or the current standard, or both Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) and adopted a new standard under 29CFR 1910.1200 to align with the U.N. GHS. (U.S. HazCom 2012 – March 2012). Health Canada aligned with the U.S. timetable for implementation and the Canadian Paliament recently passed the amendment of the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) (June 2014).

Summary of Changes:

For Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) in 16 section format, changes include repositioning certain pieces of information and the addition of the classification and labeling information according to OSHA GHS; some new hazard categories may appear. The update of the SDSs has been completed for most of Honeywell PMT products.

All existing OSHA labels for Honeywell PMT chemical products, classified as hazardous, will be replaced with new labels that contain graphical elements, pictograms, a signal word, hazard statement(s) and precautionary statements. This GHS label must be consistent with information presented in the SDS.

During 1Q2015, Honeywell PMT will phase in the new GHS labels on its products. If any changes to existing hazards would occur due to the new classification criteria, we will send you updated SDSs immediately and directly. As always, current SDSs for all products are available on the SDS website at

Honeywell is committed to delivering sustainable products that can be made, used and disposed of safely. The company complies with all existing regulations and is committed to the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® program, the foundation of health, safety and environmental excellence in our industry.

If you have any questions about these changes, contact your Honeywell representative or the Honeywell PMT Product Stewardship team.

Guy Verbiest
Director Global Operations
Honeywell PMT Product Stewardship

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