OSHA Mandates GHS Training before December 1, 2013


Loves Park, Illinois (PRWEB) February 06, 2013 -- Whether in the laboratory, performing maintenance or treating water, workers within the water and wastewater treatment industries work with chemicals daily and they are not unique in that regard. In an effort to improve workplace safety, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has mandated that all companies whose workers are affected by hazardous chemicals in any way must conduct Globally Harmonized System (GHS) training this year. According to the osha.gov website, December 1, 2013 is the deadline for all companies to train employees on the new label elements (pictograms, hazard statements, precautionary statements, signal words) and the structure of Safety Data Sheets.

The Globally Harmonized System is an international approach to hazard communication, providing agreed criteria for classification of chemical hazards, and a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets. The GHS is based on major existing systems around the world, including OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard and the chemical classification and labeling systems of other US agencies.

There is no faster, easier or more economical way for employers to provide quality training in these areas than with MARCOM's new GHS programs available from AquaOnDemand.com. With run times of approximately 15 minutes each our 'Introduction to GHS', 'GHS Safety Data Sheets' and 'GHS Container Labeling' programs can be presented quickly and efficiently. The programs can also be used to fulfill OSHA's annual retraining requirement and for those times when additional training is needed... i.e. a new physical or health hazard is introduced or an injury or illness related to a hazardous chemical occurs.

OSHA modified the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to adopt the international GHS system to improve safety and health of workers through more effective communications on chemical hazards. Since first introduced, the HCS has provided employers and employees extensive information about the chemicals in their workplaces. According to the osha.gov website, while the prior information has been helpful in improving employee safety and health, a more standardized approach to classifying the hazards and conveying the information will be more effective, and provide further improvements in American workplaces. The GHS provides such a standardized approach, including detailed criteria for determining what hazardous effects a chemical poses, as well as standardized label elements assigned by hazard class and category. This will enhance both employer and worker comprehension of the hazards, which will help to ensure appropriate handling and safe use of workplace chemicals. In addition, the safety data sheet requirements establish an order of information that is standardized. The harmonized format of the safety data sheets will enable employers, workers, health professionals, and emergency responders to access the information more efficiently and effectively, thus increasing their utility.

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