|New, Mandatory Training Required for Those Handling Chemicals|
|Tuesday, February 12 2013|
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its Chemical Hazard Communication Standard to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Federal Law now requires that all employees who work with or handle chemicals be trained by December 1, 2013, on the new label elements and safety data sheet format, in addition to the current training requirements.
The new training, Hazard Communication and Global Harmonization 2013, is accessible through Blackboard and upon completion the trainee will automatically be registered in HRMS as having taken it.
This is important information for all managers, supervisors, PIs and lab mangers who have people that report to them or they are otherwise responsible for, and who work with or handle chemicals. This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets, and aligns with our domestic – and many – of our global partners. Once implemented, OSHA believes the revised standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals. This update will also help reduce trade barriers and result in productivity improvements for American institutions that regularly handle, store, and use hazardous chemicals.
This course is now available through a link to URMC Blackboard. An instruction sheet that explains how to use the link and enroll in the class is available at http://www.safety.rochester.edu/ih/hazcom/pdf/InstructionsSelfEnrollingHazComm.pdf.
Once again, this is mandatory training for all those that work with or otherwise handle chemicals. As managers or supervisors of those people, you must ensure they receive the training by December 1, 2013.
For questions and further information, please contact the Occupational Safety Unit of Environmental Health and Safety at 275-3241.
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