GHS … Have You Been Trained?

I still find it hard to believe that there are some companies out there that haven’t heard of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling (GHS). It’s hard for me to believe this, because in three months’ time everyone who works with hazardous chemicals in the workplace will have to be trained (and no I’m not kidding). December 1st, 2013 is the deadline to have all employees trained on the GHS within OSHA, yet somehow I still show up to companies to train their workers on shipping dangerous goods (this often involves employees who are in the EHS department) and I ask them if they have heard of GHS or OSHA HazCom 2012. To my surprise I still get the blank stares and the question “What is that?”. This really isn’t a bad thing for me because that means I get to help one of our clients avoid fines by informing them about more training they will need, and in many cases they have ICC train them in GHS within OSHA as well.

The GHS is what OSHA has adopted for its new Hazard Communication Standard and it was adopted in 2012 which is why the standard is called OSHA HazCom 2012. This new standard is meant to try and “harmonize” hazardous chemical communications around the globe. Before we go any further I want to Continue Reading…

Hazcom 2012 Amended

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a correction and technical amendment to the March 26, 2012 final rule incorporating the GHS recommendations into the Hazard Communication Standard.

The majority of the corrections are to references originally missed in the original final rule. Other corrections include correcting values and notations in table and updating references to terms (e.g. Material Safety Data sheet (MSDS) to Safety Data Sheet (SDS)).

ICC is your source for OSHA Hazcom 2012 (GHS) information. Ask how we can help.

ICC’s GHS Hazcom 2012 Training Classes

ICC Compliance Center is excited to announce training dates for courses related to OSHA’s Hazcom 2012 (GHS standard). Classes are scheduled in our Niagara Falls, NY and Houston, TX training centers, and are soon to be scheduled around the country in the fall. We have four classes to choose from: A half-day General Awareness class; a one day “What’s Changed?”; a two day Manager/Supervisor class and a three day GHS Classification class. On-site training classes and webinars will be available soon.

We have four classes to choose from, depending on your interest. A half-day General Awareness, a one day What’s Changed, a two day Manager/Supervisor and a three day GHS Classification class.

Over the past few decades, the United Nations (UN) has been attempting to create a system with similar goals, that would be used (with possible minor modifications) on a world-wide scale. This system is called the Globally Harmonized System, or GHS.

OSHA has responded by modifying the hazard communication standard to reflect many of the concepts found in the GHS. These elements include: classification of hazardous substances, information to be provided on labels, and information to be found on material safety data sheets (or, as the GHS calls them, safety data sheets).

Training is the first deadline in the phased in final rule that was effective May 26, 2012. Training on the new elements Continue Reading…