This certification includes online training and a test. The role in the dealership to be certified is assigned by the dealer.
Crystal Lake, IL (PRWEB) May 06, 2013
Automotive Compliance Consultants, leading automotive retail compliance experts, announced today availability of online certification for OSHA’s new Hazardous Communications Standard.
Automotive service department personnel handling hazardous materials, including waste motor oil and antifreeze, must undergo this new standard certification training by Dec. 1. Automotive Compliance Consultants’ online training helps dealership staffs meet this requirement without needing to leave the job to do so.
“This new standard affects parts department staff the most, as the main issue here for auto dealers is shipment of air bags,” said Terry Dortch CEO, Automotive Compliance Consultants. “We have launched our online certification so dealerships can be prepared for the December first certification deadline. This certification includes online training and a test. The role in the dealership to be certified is assigned by the dealer.”
OSHA said this new standard is aligned with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. OSHA believes that revising the HazCom standard to include GHS will result in safer handling of workplace chemicals and prevent over 500 workplace injuries and illnesses and 43 fatalities annually.
The three major areas of change to OSHA’s standard are:
- Hazard classification: Now provides specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures. Ensures that evaluations of hazardous effects are consistent across manufacturers, and that labels and safety data sheets are more accurate as a result.
- Labels: Harmonized signal word, pictogram and hazard statement labels for each hazard class and category, common across all chemical manufacturers and importers.
- Safety Data Sheets (SDS): New, more comprehensive formats.
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.
Automotive Compliance Consultants specializes in dealership compliance, providing in-dealership consultations and analysis, compliance audits, and training, and offers solutions for all compliance needs. It also provides document management services.