Meet GHS Hazard Communication Deadlines with Mastery Technologies' Online Training

Novi, MI (PRWEB) December 11, 2012

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced in March the adoption of the Global Harmonizing System (GHS) into the Hazard Communication Standard; impacting the way companies label hazardous chemicals and mandating employee training. The U.S. Department of Labor states these changes come in an effort to prevent an estimated 585 injuries and 43 deaths per year. The deadline (December 1, 2013) to have employees trained on the new label elements and safety data sheets (SDS) is now only a year away. Impacted companies can gain a better understanding of these regulations and train their staff through Mastery Technologies’ online training, “Hazard Communication and The Global Harmonizing System.”

Seven million workplaces and more than 55 million employees in North America are affected by the updated Hazard Communication Standard. Officially known as the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, this United Nations program seeks to standardize the information and training employees receive about hazardous chemicals around the globe. From standardized pictograms and harmonized signal words, the new labeling requirements are simplified but strict. Mastery Technologies presents a complete breakdown of the labeling requirements in this course, produced by ERI Safety Videos.

“Organizations quickly benefit by training employees on GHS now, as some chemical manufacturers have already started sending materials in the new format and the number of companies doing so will only continue to grow,” says Bill Marker, President at Mastery Technologies.

Until all companies have fully-implemented GHS labeling, employees must be trained to understand all the labels and safety data information needed to stay safe on the job. OSHA is requiring training on the GHS updates to occur by next December since many American and foreign chemical manufacturers have begun using the new labeling systems.

The interactive, video-based training has twelve lessons, each demonstrating components of the Global Harmonizing System, including: