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HazMat Training

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John Williams

on 19 November 2013

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Transcript of HazMat Training

The Future of HAZMAT



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

HazMat Training
HazMat Training
Rating Changes
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.
Title Changes
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) will be changed to
Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Label Changes
Labels must now include:
signal words
a hazard statement for each hazard class
precautionary statements
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

The word
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.
Pictogram Examples
1) www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/hazcom-faq.html
2) www.osha.gov/html/faq-hazcom.html#faq6
3) Industrial Safety and Hygiene News Magazine May 2012

Please sign the training roster acknowledging you have received this material and review a full sample copy of a new SDS by clicking on the link below.

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