Global Harmonization Training | What You and Your Company NEED to Know by December 1, 2013
If you are a small company, or any company that deals with job site safety, on-site safety, or safety in the workplace, this could be one of the most important articles you will ever read! It has just come to our attention that any company that has not taken Global Harmonization Training by December 1, 2013 will not be compliant with OSHA standards! That leaves you 4 months to get ALL of your employees and outside contractors trained on Global Harmonization before OSHA penalizes your company for not being compliant with current regulations. The new GHS standard is an update to the already existing Hazard Communication Standard. Here at Safety Partners, we offer two classes you can take to fulfill the GHS requirements depending on the level of experience and expertise of the individual with Hazard Communication. We will discuss these classes and what they cover in a moment.
The new GHS rule is a result of over two decades of international negotiation and national discussion directed towards establishing a single worldwide standard for the classification and labeling of hazardous chemicals in the workplace. The deceptive thing about this is that OSHA passed this ruling back in March of 2012, but they buried the actual requirement between pages 17,574 and 17, 896 of the Federal Register. The rule reads: “Employers shall train employees regarding the new label elements and safety data sheets format by December 1, 2013.” So it’s there, you just need a magnifying glass to find it.
Luckily, Safety Partners will be offering two different classes for Global Harmonization Training depending on the level of experience and expertise of the individual with Hazard Communication. The two classes are:
- Half-Day Training (4 Hours)-This class is aimed at workers or handlers of hazardous materials/chemicals who have NO PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE of Hazard Communication. The course will introduce the general HazCom requirements under OSHA regulations as it relates to the Global Harmonization System. This is the most basic class you can take to become compliant with OSHA’s new standards.
- Full Day Training (8 Hours)-This class is designed for anyone who HAS PRIOR KNOWLEDGE WITH HAZCOM REGULATIONS prior to the GHS implementation. It’s directed towards workers who have been working with the Hazard Communication Standard or have a Hazard Communication program in place. The course will help employees understand what has happened under the new GHS HazCom Standard.
Fortunately, full compliance with the new standard isn’t required until December 1, 2015. However, any companies that are not trained by December 1st of THIS YEAR could be subjected to penalties and citations for not meeting the deadline. This applies to not only workers and employees of your own company, but also to any outside contractors who will be working with your company. Don’t waste time getting your employees to a Global Harmonization Training class. Not only will it help get your company compliant with OSHA, HazCom, and GHS standards, but it will also contribute to a greater sense of security for your employees within the workplace.
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