The effect of the new GHS standards on the PCM industry
Manufacturers of phase change material are required to follow the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals and must accurately report the hazards associated with their products.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implemented and began enforcing the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals(GHS) on June 1, 2015. The GHS was adopted by U.N. member states with the goal of setting a global standard for chemical classifications and hazard communications. Prior to this program, each country had its own set of regulations for rating, classifying and labeling chemicals. This fragmented system led to poor hazard communications for international companies, as they may not have understood foreign regulations and may have provided insufficient material safety data sheets (MSDS) and material labels.