OSHA Hazardous Chemicals Training Due December 1, 2013

In 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised the Hazard Communication Standard to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The new standard requires employers with employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals under normal operating conditions or in foreseeable emergencies to conduct training by December 1, 2013. Workers who encounter hazardous chemicals only in non-routine, isolated instances are not covered.

The training must cover the new standard’s label elements and safety data sheet format. Label elements include the specified pictogram, hazard statement, signal word, and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) replace Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) from the old standard and are written or printed materials about hazardous chemicals. 

OSHA has drafted guidance on pictograms, labels, and Safety Data Sheets that employers can incorporate into their training. The new standard can be found by clicking here.

MSEC members can access sample PowerPoint training that they can save and customize using Safety.BLR.com. MSEC provides this online tool as a complimentary benefit of membership. To access the sample training, log into www.msec.org  and click on the Safety.BLR.com Online Tool on the left hand side of your page under “Complimentary Tools.” Then click on the words “Access Safety.BLR.com now” to open the tool. Click the Training tab at the top of the page, choose PowerPoints as the Type/Format and Hazard Communication as the Topic, and click Go. Select the first PowerPoint presentation that comes up in this search, Hazard Communication and GHS 2012 – What Employees Need to Know. Hazard communication is one of many sample trainings and other safety information available using this tool.