Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) June 27, 2013
The countdown is on. Less than six months remain until all U.S. companies that handle, store or use hazardous chemicals are required to have trained their workers in OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) changes. To meet the nationwide demand, the NC State University Industrial Extension Service (IES) and the Southeastern OSHA Training Institute Education Center (SE OTIEC) have developed a way to find all of the required training information on the web.
Hazard Communication: Ensuring Compliance with Global Harmonization is an online, turnkey compliance toolkit designed to provide safety officers and company management the proper tools to train their employees in time. The OSHA standard changes apply to a range of businesses, from industrial plants, to healthcare facilities, to hotels and restaurants, regardless of size.
In March 2012, the OSHA HCS aligned with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) creating, according to OSHA.gov, “a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets.” The updated safety information includes pictograms, hazard statements, signal words and a standardized format for safety data sheets.
“We’re confident safety managers will find this package to be exactly what they need to reach compliance, and they won’t have to spend unnecessary hours developing it themselves,” said IES improvement specialist and course developer, Holli Singleton. “It’s a win-win.”
The downloadable toolkit is available at http://www.ies.ncsu.edu/hazcom. Packages of this type can often cost in the thousands of dollars, but SE OTIEC manager, Wendy Laing, felt that the critical nature of the compliance deadline required her organization to present a service readily affordable to all business levels.
"Ensuring all employees understand the new labeling system and safety data sheets chemical manufacturers provide is vital, " said Laing. “In the end, making this type of unique entry point available to all companies means safer workers, safer workplaces and a more productive America. That’s what we all should strive for.”
The NC State Industrial Extension Service (IES), operating since 1955, is the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership center for North Carolina, improving, promoting and connecting industry through experts and tools in workplace safety, process optimization, business growth, innovation, sustainability and quality systems. In the past decade, its work has resulted in over $2 billion in economic benefit to the state of North Carolina. Its influence also extends into healthcare, government and service industries.
The Southeastern OSHA Training Institute Education Center is a partnership organization of IES and The University of Tennessee. It provides safety training throughout the southeastern U.S.
For more information, please visit http://www.ies.ncsu.edu/hazcom, or email southeasternOTI(at)ncsu(dot)edu.