OSHA Hazard Communication: Training Deadline Now Just 4 months Away!
Workers must be trained by 12/1/13
Chemical manufacturers, distributors, and employers across industries need to be aware of OSHA’s modified hazard communication standard (HCS) which will now be consistent with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This modification requires the development and dissemination of information about the identities and hazards of chemicals be available in an understandable format to employees.
The first deadline in the implementation phase is Dec. 1, 2013, the date by which employers must train workers on the new label elements and safety data sheet. Training must minimally address:
- Methods and observations that may be used to detect the presence or release of a hazardous chemical in the work
- The physical, health, simple asphyxiation, combustible dust and pyrophoric gas hazards, as well as hazards not otherwise classified, of the chemicals in the work area
- The measures employees can take to protect themselves from these hazards, including specific procedures the employer has implemented to protect employees from exposure to hazardous chemicals, such as appropriate work practices, emergency procedures, and personal protective equipment to be used
- The details of the hazard communication program developed by the employer, including an explanation of the labels received on shipped containers and the workplace labeling system used by the employer
- The SDS, including the order of information and how employees can obtain and use the appropriate hazard information
OSHA has prepared a number of additional resources to explain the new changes including:
- QuickCards (Safety Data Sheets, Labeling, Pictograms)
- A training fact sheet
- A brief on labels and pictograms
These and other materials, including frequently asked questions, are available on OSHA’s Hazard Communications page.