Hazard Communication and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) - Rules & Requirements

L&I Rules:

New Rule

Expand or collapse.See compliance schedule

Implementation / Enforcement Date(s) Requirements Who
June 1, 2014 Train employees on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) format. Employers
June 1, 2015 Compliance with all provisions of the WAC 296-901 final rule, except as listed below: Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers
December 1, 2015 The Distributor must not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless it has GHS (Global Harmonization System) label. Distributors
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 to the effective completion dates noted above.

May comply with the applicable requirements in the following rules:

Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers

Current Rules



 L&I Procedures, Enforcement Guidance, & Explanatory Interpretations

Guidelines & Standards from Others

Expand or collapse. Please read an important message about links on this page.


"Links" to other information sources are provided as a courtesy, but we cannot vouch for or take responsibility for information contained beyond files administered by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Links from this page do not represent or imply the endorsement of commercial products by the State of Washington, Labor and Industries, or by departmental staff. For more information, read L&I's Intended Usage policy.

More help from L&I

For general information, call 1-800-423-7233.

End of main content, page footer follows.

Access Washington official state portal

  © Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries. Use of this site is subject to the laws of the state of Washington.

Help us improve