HazCom – GHS Training & Certification

29 CFR 1910.1200 Hazard Communication Standard

In 2012, OSHA reformed its Hazard Communication Standard to align the United States’ principles with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), therefore improving safety and health protections for America’s workers. In accordance with these new OSHA standards, the GHS is expected to prevent injuries, save lives and improve occupational conditions for chemical manufacturers.

This new, modified standard provides a particular set of harmonized criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health and physical hazards and specifies hazard communication elements for labeling and safety data sheets.

OSHA requires each employee who may be “exposed” to hazardous chemicals when working must be provided information and trained prior to initial assignment to work with a hazardous chemical, and whenever the hazard changes. “Exposure” or “exposed” under the rule means that “an employee is subjected to a hazardous chemical in the course of employment through any route of entry (inhalation, ingestion, skin contact or absorption, etc.) and includes potential (e.g., accidental or possible) exposure.”