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Transcript of HazMat Training
RIGHT TO KNOW
RIGHT TO UNDERSTAND
Major Changes Include:
Changes to HazMat
April 2012, OHSA released a revision that aligns the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification & Labeling of Chemicals.
The GHS provides:
A single set of criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health & physical hazards; and specifies hazard communication elements for labeling & safety data sheets
National Fire Protection Agency & Hazardous Material Information System (HMIS) ratings,
is the worst &
is the least hazardous.
Globally Harmonized System
being the worst &
being the least hazardous.
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) will be changed to
Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Labels must now include:
a hazard statement for each hazard class
What are the key dates?
Employees must be trained on the new label elements & Safety Data Sheets (SDS) format
Containers of chemicals cannot be shipped unless they have a Globally Harmonized System (GHS) label
Employers must update alternative workplace labeling & Hazard Communication Program (HCS) as necessary & provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards
What are the training requirements?
Must take place at the time employees are assigned to work with hazardous chemicals.
Go beyond simply giving employees the data sheets to read.
Must give employees a thorough understanding of the hazards of the chemicals.
Training will take place before the compliance date because the American workplaces may receive new labels & Safety Data Sheets
New Labels must have:
Pictogram & other graphic elements that convey specific information about hazards of a chemical
will be used for severe hazards, &
for less severe hazards
Hazard statement will describe the nature & where appropriate, degree of the hazards
Precautionary statement will recommend ways to minimize or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure or improper storage of a hazardous chemical.
3) Industrial Safety and Hygiene News Magazine May 2012
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