Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS): Implementation at 3M Company

  • GHS is the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals developed to promote a universal standard for hazard communication around the world. The standard is not required, and participating countries are allowed to adopt portions of it. GHS is a significant step toward the development of a global standard, but it may not lead to a worldwide hazard classification and communication system.
  • Yes. In May 2012, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) aligned its existing Hazard Communication Standard with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), resulting in the Hazard Communication Standard 2012 (HazCom 2012). As a result, OSHA now requires one standardized format for safety data sheets (SDSs) and prescribed wording and hazard symbols on labels. As with the old standard, HazCom 2012 does not apply to consumer products.

    On February 11, 2015, the Government of Canada published in the Canada Gazette, Part II the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR), which, in addition to the amendments made to the Hazardous Products Act under the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No.1, modified the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 1988 to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace chemicals. This modified WHMIS is referred to as WHMIS 2015. The Controlled Products Regulations (CPR) and the Ingredient Disclosure List have been repealed.

    A label or SDS that is compliant with HazCom 2012 may not be sufficient for compliance in Canada. The supplier must be compliant with the Canadian requirements, whether the CPR or the HPR.

    3M Automotive is working with our Canadian counterparts to implement a process for applying compliant labels to products included in this standard that are used in the U.S.

  • As a chemical product manufacturer/importer, 3M will be required to evaluate the hazards of every industrial and commercial product according to HazCom 2012 and, where appropriate, prepare labels and safety data sheets in the new format to convey the hazard information to downstream users. 3M is committed to complying with the requirements of HazCom 2012.
  • This will require significant changes to all 3M (U.S.) safety data sheets (previously MSDSs) and industrial product labels. 3M Company will phase in HazCom 2012 compliant safety data sheets and labels over a period of time. During this period, you can expect to see both old and new format SDSs and labels. As with the old standard, HazCom 2012 does not apply to consumer products. Therefore, consumer labels will remain unchanged.
  • Relevant products in the following product families will be received new updated labels and reformatted safety data sheets:

    • 3M™ Interam™ Materials
    • 3M™ Structural Bonding Tape
    • 3M™ Adhesion Promoter
    • 3M™ Fastener Adhesive
    • 3M™ Structural Seabring Tape
    • 3M™ Structural Adhesive
    • 3M™ Paint Replacement Film
    • 3M™ Scotchcal™ Ink & Clear Coat
    Please Note: The new appearance of the product labels and safety data sheets does not necessarily represent a change to the products’ composition or safe use information. However, in issuing HazCom 2012 compliant documents, 3M did re-review relevant toxicological information and may have adjusted hazard and safe handling information accordingly. As always, read all product labels, inserts and Safety Data Sheets before use.
  • This page provides GHS related information to our customers. We will update it as new information regarding the implementation process becomes available. At the bottom of the page you will find important GHS-related documents available to download.

    If you have further questions, please contact your local sales representative, customer service at 1-800-328-1684 or submit your inquiry online.

    Additional Resources:

    3M Safety Data Sheet Search Page

    OSHA Website for HazCom 2012 Information

    Canadian Website for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
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