New OSHA Hazard Communication Training Requirements: What Organizations Need for Compliance by December 1, 2013 – Solutions Presented by Succeed Management Solutions, LLC

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Employee education is a critical component for successful and timely conversion to the new OSHA Standard based on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

Nearly 70% of OSHA violations involve the hazard communication standard. The United Nations has revised the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), updating the requirements for all hazard communication. This includes changes to hazard classification criteria, chemical labeling requirements, and safety data sheet formats. According to the United States Department of Labor, this new system has been adopted by OSHA to establish mandatory requirements for hazard communication since the US is both a major importer and exporter of chemicals.

December 1, 2013 is the OSHA-mandated deadline for all organizations to have trained their employees on the new hazard classification, label elements, and safety data sheet (SDS) formats.

OSHA is requiring this training on the new label elements (i.e., pictograms, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and signal words) and SDS format for all employees who work around hazardous chemicals and other toxic substances. American workplaces will soon receive labels and SDSs that are consistent with the GHS since many American and foreign chemical manufacturers have already begun to produce compliant labels and SDSs.

US Department of Labor Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels warns, “The new system has been years in the making. It’s already a reality in a growing number of countries.” Therefore it is critical for employees to begin to receive training on the new Hazard Communication Standard so they understand the new chemical label and SDS formats, content and meaning. As Dr. Michaels adds, the new labels “…tell you not only what you need to know, but what you need to do, in a way that’s easier to understand.” For more information, visit this URL:

A Cost-Effective Training Program

Succeed Management Solutions has created a comprehensive training course that explains the changes to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard generated by the adoption of GHS. This Hazard Communication/GHS course is offered through Succeed’s Training Track™ application. With the training available online, employees only need a computer with internet access, and do not have to take the training at the same time or in the same location. This convenience will save organizations significant time and money because there are no scheduling hassles or in-person trainer costs. Training Track will ensure all employees have successfully completed the training and provide records for compliance reporting to OSHA. (Available in both English and Spanish)

About Succeed Management Solutions, LLC

Succeed is the recognized leader in providing web-based Enterprise Risk Management solutions. Thousands of organizations use the Succeed Risk Management Center as a holistic solution to improve their risk management programs, implement web-accessible employee safety training programs, increase efficiencies, and lower the frequency and severity of claims and associated costs.

The Succeed Risk Management Center contains a suite of software applications that help manage claims and OSHA reporting (Incident Track™), behavior-based safety programs (BBS Track™), hazard communication and Safety Data Sheets (SDS Track™), Return to Work Programs (Job Description Track™), employee training (Training Track™), and third party insurance compliance (COI Track®). Succeed also offers support services, such as managing Certificates of Insurance, SDSs or creating Custom Trainings. More information on Succeed is available via their website:

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