2013 Year-end Compliance Highlights (Part 1 of 3)

Over the next few days, Labelmaster will compile a roundup regulatory compliance highlights from 2013 that will impact workplace and transportation practices. Today’s highlight: OSHA’s HazCom 2012 Training Deadline.

oshaThe 2012 changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) brought the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

The deadline to complete the initial employee training was December 1, 2013. Employees covered under this standard must receive training regarding new chemical hazard warning labels and SDSs (previously referred to as material safety data sheets or MSDS’s). Specifically, chemical hazard communication training will cover the manner in which GHS/HCS labels are used in the workplace and how chemical hazard safety information will appear on incoming chemical shipments.  Additional training will include coverage of the newly required SDS 16-section format, and the information found in each section.

At a minimum, an employer Hazard Communication training program must include instruction on the label elements presented on GHS-style hazard warning labels.  These elements include: pictogram(s), product identifier, signal word, hazard statement(s), precautionary statement(s), and the contact information (name; address; phone number) of the chemical manufacturer, distributor, or importer.

As a reminder, be sure to update your written Hazard Communication Program.  A compliant written program should include the revised training curriculum, an updated chemical inventory, labeling of hazardous chemicals, non-routine tasks, as well as an explanation of your SDS collection and maintenance protocol, and a description of how your employees may access SDSs and other relevant chemical hazard information at your facility.

Labelmaster Recommends:


Labelmaters’ GHS Student Manual

Labelmaster’s GHS Training Manual

On Monday, we will post about the PHMSA DOT Final Rule published October 31st.


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  1. OSHA HAZCOM Certification Training Course said:

    Training is an integral part of any hazard communication program. Under the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), all employers are required to inform and train their employees at the time of their initial assignment to a work area where hazardous chemicals are present, and wherever a new hazard is introduced into the work area.