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Online Student imageGHS Standards and Important Links

Are you ready to meet OSHA's revised Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Hazard Communication Standard?   If not, check our upcoming schedules here and register through our new web site in a few minutes.

By December 1, 2013, Employers must have trained their workers in the new label elements and the SDS format.This training is needed early in the transition process since workers are already beginning to see the new labels and SDSs on the chemicals in their workplace. To ensure employees have the information they need to better protect themselves from chemical hazards in the workplace during the transition period, it is critical that employees understand the new label and SDS formats.

Two significant changes contained in the revised standard require the use of new labeling elements and a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). The new label elements and SDS requirements will improve worker understanding of the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace.

Important Links
OSHA's NEW Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
Frequently Asked GHS Questions
OSHA Fact Sheet 12/1/2013 Training Requirements
Hazard Communication Standard Final Rule

On Site Training imageRequired Topics

The list below contains the minimum required topics for the training that must be completed by December 1, 2013:

Topic Description
Product identifier: how the hazardous chemical is identified.
Signal word: used to indicate the relative level of severity of hazard and alert the reader to a potential hazard on the label.
Pictogram: OSHA's required pictograms must be in the shape of a square set at a point and include a black hazard symbol on a white background with a red frame sufficiently wide enough to be clearly visible.
Hazard statement(s): describe the nature of the hazard(s) of a chemical, including, where appropriate, the degree of hazard.
Precautionary statement(s): means a phrase that describes recommended measures that should be taken to minimize or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure to a hazardous chemical or improper storage or handling.
Manufacturer:Name, address and phone number of the chemical manufacturer, distributor, or importer.
Employee:How an employee might use the labels in the workplace.
Label General: understanding of how the elements work together on a label.
SDS Format: Training on the format of the SDS... incudes Standardized 16-section format.
Label Relation:How the information on the label is related to the SDS.