March 2015


To:    Essex Brownell Customers


Subject:  Implementation of the 2012 OSHA Hazard Communication Standard


Essex Brownell, a subsidiary of Essex Group, Inc., is committed to ensuring our customers have all the latest information for the products we sell.  We have been actively engaged with all of our suppliers to ensure that we have the latest safety information available, which includes the transition to the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) as required by the 2012 OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).  Below is the timeline for implementation of the standard.

-     March 20, 2012.  OSHA issued final updates to the HCS which included closer alignment to the GHS.  HCS must be fully implemented by June 1, 2016, with several interim compliance dates.

-     Prior to December 2013.  All Essex Brownell warehouse employees received HCS training based on the GHS.  All new employees receive GHS training as part of their initial HCS training.

-     March 2015. Essex branded magnet wire Safety Data Sheets (SDS) issued in new GHS format. Other Essex Brownell branded items are in the process of conversion to SDS format prior to the June 1, 2015 deadline.

-     June 1, 2015.  Manufacturers who supply Essex Brownell directly must ship products in compliance with HCS in GHS format.  Distributors may continue to ship to us in the old format until December 1, 2015.

-     June 1 – December 1, 2015.  Essex Brownell may continue to ship items to our customers in the old format

-     December 1, 2015.  Distributors must ship products in GHS format.

-     June 1, 2016.  All employers must be compliant with the 2012 HCS.

Please note that articles are exempt from HCS labeling and SDS requirements.  Although magnet wire is an article, we have developed an SDS to assist our customers with implementation of the HCS.

To date we have received very few of the products we distribute labeled in the new GHS format.  We have reached out to our partners and they have assured us that their implementation will meet the June 1, 2015 deadline.  When we receive updated information including SDS we will make them available immediately with the first shipment.  If you need an SDS for a product received before June 1, 2015, please contact your Essex Brownell customer service representative.


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