OSHA has adopted new hazardous chemical labeling requirements as a part of its recent revision of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), bringing it into alignment with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
Therefore, OSHA is requiring employers to provide mandatory training for employees on the new chemical label elements (i.e., pictograms, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and signal words) and SDS format by December 1, 2013, so this issue needs to be addressed now! 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.
To help businesses comply and meet the mandatory employee training requirements, MIRA is providing training sessions to employers/managers which will enable the attendees to train their employees. Classes are (3) hours in length, and you must pre-register.