Training: Osha Courses

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OSHA'S New Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Rule:


This rule is OSHA's most comprehensive rulemaking in a decade.  It impacts over five millions businesses that use or store chemicals, and 90,000 chemical manufacturers, importers, and distributors.


Because the new rule is a major revision of the HCS, OSHA is requiring employers to train all employees on the new rules – Deadline for training – December 1, 2013.


HCS 2012 introduces a new set of criteria for classifying human health and physical hazards, as well as identifying OSHA defined hazards. 


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. Once implemented, the revised standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals. 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.

Hazard Communication Standard

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 by December 1, 2013 on the new labels elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding.


**Effective Dates and Requirements:


December 1, 2013  -  Train Employees on the new label elements and SDS Format (For Employers)


June 1, 2015 – Compliance with all modified provisions of this final rule, except: (For Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers)


December 1, 2015 – The Distributor shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless it is a GHS label.  (For Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers)


June 1, 2016 -  Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards. (For Employers)


Data Transition Period - Comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (this final standard), or the current standard