Hazard Communication Standard Revision
(Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) = GHS
OSHA requires that all employers provide their employees with training on the Hazard Communications Standard (HazCom). For those of you who need a quick refresher, simply stated, HazCom provides employers and employees extensive information about chemicals and the appropriate protective measures. Although the degree of chemical exposure each employee may experience can vary greatly, relative to the exposure, all employees should receive some measure of HazCom training.
In 2012 HazCom was revised to include the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The original HazCom standard is performance-oriented, allowing chemical manufacturers and importers to convey information on labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) in whatever format they choose.
The revised HazCom incorporates the following changes:
- The name of the MSDS has been changed to Safety Data Sheet (SDS);
- The information provided on the SDS has also changed to reflect a universal sixteen section format.
As of December 1, 2013, the Department of Labor required all employers to train employees on the GHS revision.
In order to maintain compliance with this revision, all current employees must view the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals video training module and sign the Acknowledgement Form. All future county employees must complete the module within 3 months of official hire date. Completed training records must be retained by the respective department. It is important to ensure that when employees begin to see the new labels and SDSs in their workplaces, they are familiar with them, understand how to use them, and access the information effectively.
To ensure this required awareness training is made accessible to County employees, the Safety Division is providing “Train-the-Trainer” classes along with training materials for individual training. Please contact your Safety Division Coordinator.
Note: The HazCom awareness training does not replace the specific training required for employees who work directly with hazardous chemicals. In addition to the awareness training, each department is responsible for providing its employees that work directly with hazardous chemicals specific documented training on the chemical’s use and safe handling. If you have any questions, please contact the Safety Division Office at (951) 955-3520.