Workers are exposed to hazardous chemicals daily in the workplace. Such conditions pose a serious health threat to the worker. OSHA requires training regarding chemical hazards in the workplace. In this course you will learn about the HazCom (Hazardous Communication) Standard and the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS), and how to use Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and chemical labels to protect yourself from hazards or react to chemical exposures. This course gives you a basic understanding of how to identify and safely handle hazardous chemicals, OSHA's Hazardous Communications or the "Right to Know" Act, GHS, and how workers can prevent and protect themselves from chemical hazards.
MAJOR CHANGES TO THE HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD
Hazard classification: Provides specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures.
Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format.
Information and training: Employers are required to train workers by December 1, 2013 on the new labels elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
Identify the purpose of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).
Identify the purpose and benefits of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
Recognize common kinds of hazardous materials on the jobsite.
Interpret the labels and symbols used to identify hazardous materials.
Reference a Safety Data Sheet, also known as an SDS and formerly known as a Material Safety Data Sheet, or MSDS, and determine appropriate responses to real-world scenarios.
Identify the physical and health hazards presented by hazardous materials in the workplace.
Explain ways that employees and employers can prevent the adverse effects of hazardous materials in the workplace.
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