Globally Harmonized System

The United Nations is working to globally harmonize chemical safety information and thus reduce the confusion that is caused by information which differs depending on global region. Companies that have chemicals anywhere in their supply chain will need to adapt to the best practices that have been established as part of this initiative, known as the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Companies that get their teams trained and up to speed on these GHS changes by the end of 2013 will avoid supply chain risk and interruptions that may come from noncompliance and/or misinterpretation. Final rule goes into effect June 1, 2016 and employers must have their system in compliance by that time.

 Our GHS Working Group is educating and informing AIAG members about these changes in an effort to develop solutions that will reduce confusion, cost, and business interruptions in the U.S. automotive industry supply chain. The group will serve as a central entity for information, a common educational program, and a unified voice to ensure the needs of the industry are met by legislators. By making information and educational tools available to all actors in the supply chain, our efforts will help increase awareness of the responsibilities each company has and ensure that systems are put in place to meet these responsibilities. 

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Program Manager: Lecedra Welch - AIAG - (248) 784-1856

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Established in 1982, AIAG is a not-for-profit association where professionals from a diverse group of stakeholders - including retailers, suppliers of all sizes, automakers, manufacturers, service providers, academia and government - work collaboratively to streamline industry processes via global standards development and harmonized business practices.