The GHS Training Deadline Is Almost Here

Posted on 11/5/2013 by Joel Gregier

By December 1st, all companies subject to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) must ensure that their employees are trained on the HazCom rules adopted from the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classifying and labeling chemicals. [29 CFR 1910.1200(j)(1)]
OSHA has always required employers to train employees on the dangerous chemicals they work with. But OSHA’s adoption of new rules from the GHS into its HazCom Standard added new criteria that workers need to be trained on.
The GHS is an international system for chemical classification, hazard labeling, and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) formatting. Full implementation of these GHS amendments is scheduled for June 1, 2015, but employees must learn to recognize, read, and understand new HazCom marks, labels, and documentation before the new standards become mandatory in the workplace. In order to ensure the approximately 40 million affected employees are prepared to protect themselves from the hazards in their workplace, OSHA mandated employee training be completed before December 1, 2013.
Who Needs Full or Update GHS Training?
New employees who work with hazardous chemicals need full HazCom training. The standards for the required training can be found at 29 CFR 1910.1200(h).
Those employees who have already received HazCom training in the past will not need to be retrained on all elements. Instead, they need update training explaining how the new GHS elements will affect their job duties.
GHS Workplace Safety Label for acetoneTopics to Be Covered at a Minimum
At a minimum, employees will have to be brought up to speed on the new format for labels and SDSs. For labels, employees should understand the different components that make up a GHS label, such as signal words, pictograms, hazard statements, and precautionary statements. For example, see a sample of a GHS label for acetone on the right. For SDSs, employees will have to understand the new 16-section format, and what information is found in each of those sections.
GHS has also modified how chemicals are classified under HazCom. Most employees will not need to be trained on the technical details of how to classify a chemical. Although it is not explicitly required, it would be a good policy to brief employees on what new hazards are being regulated, such as combustible dusts and simple asphyxiants, and it may be necessary to remind employees of the other hazard classes since labels and SDSs are based on the chemical’s classification.
Make sure your employees are trained on OSHA’s revised HazCom Standard before the December 1, 2013 deadline! For employee training on the updated standard, we also offer the Hazard Communication Online Course, available 24/7. This online course covers the newly adopted GHS criteria for classifying chemicals, marking and labeling hazards, and using 16-section Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and is designed to satisfy OSHA’s hazard communication training requirement.

Tags: GHS, HazCom, marks and labels, osha, Safety Data Sheets

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

One of the best trainings I have ever received!

Brandon Morfin

EH&S Manager

The exercises in the DOT hazardous materials management course are especially helpful in evaluating your understanding of course information.

Morgan Bliss

Principal Industrial Hygienist

Lion was very responsive to my initial questions and the website was user friendly.

Michael Britt

Supply Chain Director

The instructor was great, explaining complex topics in terms that were easily understandable and answering questions clearly and thoroughly.

Brittany Holm

Lab Supervisor

The instructor did an excellent job presenting a very dry subject; keeping everyone interested and making it enjoyable.

Marc Bugg

Hazardous Waste Professional

Excellent course. Very interactive. Explanations are great whether you get the questions wrong or right.

Gregory Thompson

Environmental, Health & Safety Regional Manager

Lion courses always set the bar for content, reference, and practical application. Membership and access to the experts is an added bonus.

John Brown, CSP

Director of Safety & Env Affairs

Lion courses are the standard to which all other workshops should strive for!

Brody Saleen

Registered Environmental Health Specialist

Very good. I have always appreciated the way Lion Tech develops, presents and provides training and materials.

John Troy

Environmental Specialist

The instructor's energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the subject make the class a great learning experience!

Brian Martinez

Warehouse Operator

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Find out what makes DOT hazmat training mandatory for employees who sign the hazardous waste manifest, a “dually regulated” document for tracking shipments.

Latest Whitepaper

By submitting your phone number, you agree to receive recurring marketing and training text messages. Consent to receive text messages is not required for any purchases. Text STOP at any time to cancel. Message and data rates may apply. View our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.