Hazardous Communication and Chemical Safety (HAZCOM) GHS Standard

Hazardous Communication and Chemical Safety (HAZCOM) GHS Standard

Hazardous Communication and Chemical Safety (HAZCOM) GHS Standard

Hazardous Communication and Chemical Safety (HAZCOM) GHS Standard

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OSHA
OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) provides workers with information based on the need and right to know about the potential hazards of chemicals they are exposed to in their work environment. The HCS also provides information regarding protective measures available to prevent harm and adverse effects, as well as provides standards for proper storage and disposal of hazardous materials and chemicals. In 2012, the HCS aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in order to conform and comply with global, cohesive guidance to classify chemicals and communicate hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Worldwide, this approach attempted to harmonize hazardous communication and safety while reducing trade barriers and improving productivity for businesses that regularly handle, store, and use hazardous chemicals. The GHS standard was established in 2012 with an effective date (date of expected compliance) of July 2016 in the U.S.

COURSE INFORMATION

Gretchen Lenk Trout, MPH 30 minValid for 12 monthsCreated 2018-07-18Updated 2020-11-13

Course Objectives

  • Explain the OSHA Hazardous Communication Standard (HCS) and understand objectives of Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
  • Understand timeline and training for GHS implementation
  • Define GHS changes including labeling standards and Safety Data Sheet updates
  • Outline steps to an effective hazardous communication program

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