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OSHA Hazard Communication (GHS Revisions) Training

Contributed by: Teresa Murray
Published: Monday, 02 December 2013 12:00 PM
All Ball State Employees Handling Chemicals Must Complete The New OSHA Hazard Communication (GHS Revisions) Training.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has revised the Hazard Communication (Worker Right to Know) Standard and requires that all employees who handle or use hazardous chemicals in the workplace be trained to recognize and understand new chemical product labels, pictograms, and safety data sheets that will soon be in use. A one-hour narrated PowerPoint presentation covering these new features has been prepared by the Environmental Health and Safety Office for that purpose; the program, as well as a copy of the written BSU Hazard Communication Program, can be downloaded directly from the following location:

Or, you may first visit the EHS Office Chemical Management webpage and access these documents from that location:

You will need to log into the site with your BSU user name and password, download the presentation for individual or group viewing, and enable it for audio viewing. Ideally, this training should be completed by January 1, 2014, but should be completed as soon as possible by all affected employees--either individually, or in group sessions.

As noted above, the updated written BSU Hazard Communication Program is also available at that location and a copy should be downloaded and/or printed for each workplace. Each supervisor, manager, or department head should maintain a completed copy of this written program and make it readily available to any employee in their workplace or department wishing to see it.

A form is also provided in the BSU Hazard Communication Program (Appendix C) for the supervisor, manager, or administrator to complete and return to the EHS Office designating the Hazard Communication Program Coordinator for that workplace, office, or department. A record should also be kept by the supervisor or manager of all employees who have completed the Hazard Communication (GHS) Training presentation—the form in Appendix E is provided for that purpose.

These requirements do not normally apply to “office workers”, that is, employees who are in positions that do not expose them to chemical hazards beyond the normal and intended use of consumer products. For example, an employee using Wite-Out®, a hand sanitizer, or occasionally replacing toner cartridges would not be covered. A copy repair person, however, who regularly handles toner, would be covered as their possible chemical exposure would be greater and more frequent than that of the average consumer or employee, as would a health care practitioner regularly using hand sanitizer.

Please contact Tom Russell of the Environmental Health and Safety Office at 285-2807, or with any questions, if you would like assistance with the training, or need container labels. While the OSHA standards apply only to employees—communication of chemical hazards should be an integral part of student training in all science, art, architecture, and other programs where handling or exposure to chemical products may occur. This program can also supplement the training and procedures required under the OSHA Laboratory Standard that governs chemical handling and safety in research and teaching laboratories and art studio and workshop settings.