OSHA Training Deadline – Chemical Label and Safety Data Sheets

The deadline to complete OSHA’s mandatory training on the new chemical label and safety data sheet standards is just around the corner! By December 1, 2013 all employees must receive training on the new standards that are part of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) being implemented by OSHA.

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Here is more information from OSHA on the new training mandate:

OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Two significant changes contained in the revised standard require the use of new labeling elements and a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). The new label elements and SDS requirements will improve worker understanding of the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace. To help companies comply with the revised standard, OSHA is phasing in the specific requirements over several years (December 1, 2013 to June 1, 2016).

The first compliance date of the revised HCS is December 1, 2013. By that time employers must have trained their workers on the new label elements and the SDS format. This training is needed early in the transition process sinceworkers are already beginning to see the new labels and SDSs on the chemicals in their workplace. To ensure employees have the information they need to better protect themselves from chemical hazards in the workplace during the transition period, it is critical that employees understand the new label and SDS formats.

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Additional Resources:
OSHA Hazard Communication Program
GHS Frequently Asked Questions

7 Responses to “OSHA Training Deadline – Chemical Label and Safety Data Sheets”

  1. Are we required to have eyewash stations or secondary eyewash stations in the residential care faciiities even if sinks are available? and biohazard or chemical spill kits?

  2. Earlier this year I attended a class on OSHA that spoke about the need for the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). Did these changes just happen or is this something that we would have been taught in one of the Administrative class courses on OSHA that I took earlier this year?
    Thank you for your help.

  3. Claudia… Yes, the change from MSDS to SDS is new and will occur over the next few years. The deadline for full compliance is June 2015, but the training must be done by December 1, 2013.

    Faith… Yes you should have eyewash stations and spill kits. They make relatively inexpensive portable eyewash stations.

  4. Josh, would you please qualify your statement that “all employees” must receive training… All employees of what?
    All employees in a given industry?
    All employees in a given state or municipality?
    Or everyone that works for anyone in the United States?
    And please reference the regulation that requires this – federal law, state law, company policy, date ratified & etc. and list where I can find that. I’d like to check it out myself to see who is really required to do what. It’s not that I don’t believe you… but I’m always a little skeptical of universal statements made by someone who is selling something (like… training 🙂 ).
    I will gladly comply with regulations that I actually fall under, but I am not going to get worked up about this until I know that it actually applies to my employees.

  5. Jim… These are updates to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standards. They apply to all employees of all workplaces in the United States. They can be found Section 1910.1200 of the Code of Federal Regulations. If you click the links provided under “Additional Resources” in the original post it will take you to all of the relevant references and additional information on OSHA’s website. I hope that helps.

  6. What policy manuels are required for RCFE 6 bed to have in the facility besides the title 22s?

  7. Hello Monica. There really isn’t a list of policy manuals in regulations, but you must have a plan of operation that addresses all aspects of your community, including staffing, resident admission/assessment, medication management, medical care needs, human resources, business operations, admission agreements, disaster procedures, and more. Additionally, OSHA requires that you have an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). Check out this page on our website for more info: http://www.careandcompliance.com/policies/policy-manuals.html

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