Revising OSHA's Hazard Communication standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive.
Portland, OR (PRWEB) November 30, 2012
OSHA’s updated Hazard Communication Standard is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). According to the US Department of Labor, the objective of the new standard is to “improve the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals.”
According to Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, “revising OSHA's Hazard Communication standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive.” In fact, OSHA estimates that the revised standard will prevent 43 fatalities and 585 injuries and illnesses annually. (http://tinyurl.com/facts-hcs-ghs).
Succeed’s new online Hazard Communication Training includes current information about the Globally Harmonized System to help you keep pace as the revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard takes effect. Incorporating the GHS requires revisions of old hazard classifications because it requires specific criteria for different health and physical hazards as well as mixture classifications. Your employees will need to become familiar with the new classifications.
Container labels and pictograms with harmonized signal words and hazard statements for each hazard class and category are topics that are included in the Hazard Communication Training. Your employees will also be introduced to the new Safety Data Sheets in the internationally-approved 16-section format.
The previous version of the Hazard Communication Standard gave workers the right to know about the hazardous chemicals in their workplace. The 2012 Standard, with the incorporation of the GHS, requires that workers also understand the hazards associated with those chemicals. Organizations are required to provide employee training on the new system and to ensure employees understand the chemicals they work with before the December 1, 2013 deadline. Ensure your organization is compliant by including the Hazard Communication Training in your regular curriculum.
The new course is now available in Succeed’s web-based Risk Management Center, in the learning management system and risk management library. The Risk Management Center also contains other OSHA-required programs, training materials, and integrated software solutions.
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The Succeed Risk Management Center contains a suite of software applications that helps manage claims and OSHA reporting (Incident Track™), behavior-based safety programs (Job Hazard Analysis Builder™), hazard communication (MSDS Track™), Return to Work Programs (Job Description Builder™), employee training (Training Track™), and third party insurance compliance (COI Track®). More information on Succeed is available via their website: http://www.succeedms.com.