OSHA Updates for Employers: How to Train Your Employees
Why should I attend? As of May 26,2013, OSHA requires that employers train their employees who may be exposed to any hazardous chemicals by December 1, 2013. The questions below are from this link: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/hazcom-faq.html
Q. Why must training be conducted prior to the compliance effective date?
A. OSHA is requiring that employees are trained on the new label elements (i.e., pictograms, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and signal words) and SDS format by December 1, 2013, while full compliance with the final rule will begin in 2015. OSHA believes that American workplaces will soon begin to receive labels and SDSs that are consistent with the GHS, since many American and foreign chemical manufacturers have already begun to produce HazCom 2012/GHS-compliant labels and SDSs. It is important to ensure that when employees begin to see the new labels and SDSs in their workplaces, they will be familiar with them, understand how to use them, and access the information effectively. For more information, http://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/effectivedates.html.
Q. What are the major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard?
A. The three major areas of change are in hazard classification, labels, and safety data sheets.
* Hazard classification: The definitions of hazard have been changed to provide specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures. These specific criteria will help to ensure that evaluations of hazardous effects are consistent across manufacturers, and that labels and safety data sheets are more accurate as a result.
*Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
* Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format.
Employees such as:
* pesticide handlers
* people who work in the shop or packinghouse and are exposed to hazardous chemicals
are welcome to attend with their employer. There is NO charge for this workshop.
10:35 Overview of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling Interactive training on pictograms and new label elements
11:30 Evaluation, CEUs and Adjourn
This workshop has been approved for 1 Core CEU (Ch. 482 / Ch. 487)