Hazardous Communications Safety Training (Houlton)

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Date 02/22/2017

Time 7:30 am - 12:15 pm

Location Houlton Fire Department

Description

4.0 DWP Training Contact Hours

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 5 million workplaces are subject to the updated HazCom regulation.

You might be wondering exactly what has changed and why it requires re-training. The motivation behind changing the rule is for the U.S. to align its HazCom standard with the global standard, also known as GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Chemical Classification and Labeling). This means that the pictograms are changing to be compliant with the global standard, as well as the hazard classifications and safety data sheets (SDS). This consistency of classification and labeling will ensure that chemical suppliers all use the same verbiage and symbols and should help workers to better understand the labels no matter where in the world they are.

The purpose of the training is to give employees working around chemicals the right to know about potential dangers and how to protect themselves. This means that any employer with employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals must develop a hazard communication program, provide labels and safety data sheet access, and train employees on the hazardous chemicals in their workplace. If this sounds like a broad scope, that’s because it’s meant to be broad.

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