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.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 27, 2013
Spectrum Training Services in Highland Park, Illinois is pleased to announce that they now offer the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) training for all employers. By December 1, 2013 employers are required to train workers on these changes to stay compliant with OSHA regulations. "Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious threats facing American workers today," said U.S. 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." The Hazardous Communication Standard was updated to reflect the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is an international approach to hazard communication, providing agreed criteria for classification of chemical hazards, and a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets. The GHS was negotiated in a multi-year process by hazard communication experts from many different countries, international organizations, and stakeholder groups. It is based on major existing systems around the world, including OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard and the chemical classification and labeling systems of other US agencies.
The result of this negotiation process is the United Nations' document entitled "Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals," commonly referred to as The Purple Book. This document provides harmonized classification criteria for health, physical, and environmental hazards of chemicals. It also includes standardized label elements that are assigned to these hazard classes and categories, and provide the appropriate signal words, pictograms, and hazard and precautionary statements to convey the hazards to users. A standardized order of information for safety data sheets is also provided. These recommendations can be used by regulatory authorities such as OSHA to establish mandatory requirements for hazard communication, but do not constitute a model regulation. For more information on the HCS standard and GHS please visit https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/.
To sign up for the new GHS training please visit our website at http://www.illinoisoshatraining.com/.
About Spectrum Training Services
Spectrum training services, a state partner to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), provides Occupational Safety and Health Training to employers and employees in the construction, general, and healthcare industry. Spectrum‘s safety and health training in workplace safety is shown to reduce occupational injury, illness rates and workplace-related deaths. The company offers 10-Hour OSHA training for employees and 30-Hour OSHA training for employers, managers, supervisors, human resources personnel, and risk management managers. Its mission is to provide effective training that leads to a decrease in job site injuries, accidents, and deaths.
For more information on our company please visit http://www.illinoisoshatraining.com/.