ghs

OSHA estimates that 40 million American workers may potentially be exposed to hazardous chemicals in their workplace. These workers fall under the "Right to Know" requirements contained in the hazardous communications regulations and must be trained in HazCom. Countries around the world, including the United States, have agreed to a common, standardized labeling and hazard classification system. In March, OSHA released the U.S. version of GHS and set the following deadlines for implementation:

  1. December 1, 2013: Train employees on new chemical labeling elements and Safety Data Sheet format.
  2. June 1, 2015:  Comply with all GHS provisions for preparation of new hazardous chemical labels and safety data sheets.
  3. December 1, 2015:  Use new GHS labeling elements for all hazardous chemicals being shipped.
  4. June 1, 2016:  Update in-plant chemical labeling systems, HazCom program. Provide additional employee training for newly-identified hazards.

Requirement

OSHA requires that all workers potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals be trained in an update to the hazardous communications regulations known as the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) by December 1, 2013.

Course

The course will cover the elements that address the OSHA training requirements for GHS. Recognizing that many workers did not have adequate training in hazard communication or at least have not had recent training, the course will also provide basic/refresher training in the requirements of the HazCom regulations.

Course length

Approximately two (2) hours. Topics covered will include:

  1. Employer requirements under GHS
  2. Why GHS is important to workers
  3. Use of pictograms in classifying hazards
  4. Elements of GHS-compliant labels
  5. Elements of GHS-Compliant safety data sheets

 

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