American Coatings Association


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012) implements the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Version 3 in the United States. HCS 2012 requires chemical manufacturers to label products and develop Safety Data Sheets (SDS) in accordance with the GHS model regulations. Chemical manufacturers are required to comply with HCS 2012 by June 1, 2015.

The GHS was developed by the United Nations to standardize the labeling of hazardous materials in the global marketplace.

The revised HCS 2012 requires manufacturers of industrial products that contain hazardous chemicals to update their labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), now known as Safety Data Sheets (SDS) to comply with the GHS.

ACA offers its members the Advance Supplement to the 6th Edition of the Labeling Guide, which assists manufacturers of paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants in the process of changing the labels of industrial products to meet the requirements of the revised HCS 2012.

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Riaz Zaman
rzaman@paint.org 
202-719-3715

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