Health & Safety

What are the effective dates for new HCS compliance?

The table below summarizes the phase-in dates required under the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS):

Effective Completion Date

Requirement(s)

Who

December 1, 2013

Train employees on the new label elements and SDS format.

Employers

June 1, 2015*

December 1, 2015

Comply with all modified provisions of this final rule, except:

Distributors may ship products labeled by manufacturers under the old system until December 1, 2015.

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 identified physical or health hazards.

Employers

Transition Period

Comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (this final standard), or the current standard, or both.

All chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers


* This date coincides with the European Union implementation date for classification of mixtures.