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New OSHA Training Requirements for Hazard Communication

August 8, 2013

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its Hazard Communication Standard to help workers improve understanding on hazardous chemicals in the workplace.  This new standard affects employers falling under OSHA's current Hazard Communication (any employer or facility where the usage of chemicals requires a Material Safety Data Sheet must comply with this new requirement).  The new standard includes two noteworthy changes - new labeling elements and a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets.  OSHA will be phasing out the standard requirements over several years, with the first compliance date of December 1, 2013.

What will be expected by the first deadline?  By December 1, 2013, employers must train affected employees on the new label elements and Safety Data Sheets standardized format, presented in a manner and language that employees will comprehend.  The new label elements training must include understanding of the type of information to be found on the new labels including product identifiers, signal words, pictograms, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and contact information for the chemical manufacturer, distributor, or importer.

Additionally, employers must train their affected employees on the standardized Safety Data Sheets format, formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets.  Training on the standardized Safety Data Sheets must include information on the standardized 16-section format and how the information on the label elements is related to the Safety Data Sheets.

For more information on OSHA's training requirements on their revised Hazard Communication Standard, please visit their page by clicking here.

If you have any questions about the revised Hazard Communication Standard training requirements, please contact your Synergy Coverage Solutions Loss Prevention Consultant.