OSHA Hazard Communication/GHS Standard Training
In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires the development and dissemination of such information:
Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import, and prepare labels and safety data sheets to convey the hazard information to their downstream customers;
All employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must have labels and safety data sheets for their exposed workers, and train them to handle the chemicals appropriately.
Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard
Hazard classification: Provides specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures.
Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format.
Information and training: Employers are required to train workers on the new labels elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding.
The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. This update will also help reduce trade barriers and result in productivity improvements for American businesses that regularly handle, store, and use hazardous chemicals while providing cost savings for American businesses that periodically update safety data sheets and labels for chemicals covered under the hazard communication standard. Employers shall provide employees with effective information and training on hazardous chemicals in their work area at the time of their initial assignment, whenever a new chemical hazard the employees have not previously been trained about is introduced into their work area, and annually thereafter. Information and training may be designed to cover categories of hazards (e.g., flammability, carcinogenicity) or specific chemicals. Chemical-specific information must always be available through labels and safety data sheets. This one-hour training program, delivered by the Emergency Response Consulting Group, is fully compliant with the updated OSHA Hazard Commuinication Standard and can be customized to fit the needs of your municipality, company, or organization. Our interactive OSHA Hazard Communication/GHS Standard Training Course exceeds the minimum requirements established by OSHA, PESH, and the New York State Department of Labor. This course provides valuable information to your supervisors, managers, and other employees to increase their knowledge of the OSHA Standard, understand chemical labels, understand Safety Data Sheets (SDS), how to report injuries/illnesses as required by law, and how to work safely with hazardous substances in the workplace using protective measures.