The American Coating Association has developed a new program that helps safety managers train their employees on the new U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) and the adopted Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
As part of the program, ACA is offering three complimentary webinars for all ACA members, entitled “Train the Trainer,” which are intended to aid safety managers in complying with OSHA’s Dec. 1, 2013, HCS training requirement deadline, and will be offered on July 18, 2013, Aug.15, 2013, and Sept.10, 2013, from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (ET). Members may register for one of the three complimentary webinars
In March 2012, OSHA revised its HCS to align with the United Nations’ GHS. Two significant changes contained in the revised standard require the use of new labeling elements and a standardized format for the new 16-section Safety Data Sheet (SDS), formerly known as the Material Safety Data Sheets. While OSHA has granted a seemingly long implementation timeframe for this regulation — requirements are keyed to 2015 and 2016 dates — many industry trade practices require significant “lead time” in order to allow for a cost-effective transition by our industry.