Manufacturers, distributors and importers are gearing up for big changes on safety data sheets (SDS) and how hazardous labels appear on containers. OSHA’s move on adopting the Global Harmonization System (GHS) will help workers, consumers, transport workers, and emergency responders clearly articulate hazardous labels. The GHS requirement will also standardize a clear method to communicate information on SDS.
While compliance to distribute and ship GHS labels isn’t until 2015, employers and employees who are exposed to hazardous chemicals must be trained on the GHS SDS initiative by December 1, 2013.
Employers and Employees must receive training on:
- The requirements of the law.
- Any operations in the work areas where hazardous chemicals are present.
- The location and availability of the program.
- A list of hazardous chemicals and where to find the SDS book.
- The physical and health hazards associated with the use of chemicals.
- A review of protective measure required for specific hazards.
- An explanation of the labeling system, which include labeling changes and how to decipher the new pictograms.
With December just three months away, now is the time to begin training your staff on the upcoming GHS labeling and SDS changes. Make sure your staff understands the new requirements, and can clearly read and articulate the labels.
How will your company efficiently train your employees on the GHS requirements prior to December 1, 2013?