Resource Review: Globally Harmonized System Hazard Communication Standard Training Materials

DOE created materials to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

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Resource Details

Vendor/Sponsor

(DOE Office of Health, Safety and Security, Energy Facility Contractors Group, Industrial Hygiene/Occupational Safety Special Interest Group, representatives of labor organization grantees of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the DOE Volpentest HAMMER Training and Education Center)

Format

Interactive-online version, as well as a static (screen shot) version of the online version; and an instructor-led classroom version with a lesson plan and exercises

Review Date

11/04/2013

Program Design Elements

  Yes No Unavailable or N/A
Clear, consistent screen design
User-friendly; intuitive navigation
Pace is learner controlled
Job-like examples included
Module map/table of contents
Exit option with bookmark feature

Content Elements

  Yes No Unavailable or N/A
Contains accurate information
Relevant and accurate graphics
Relevant job-like examples or other
Definitions for technical terms
Logical sequence
References
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Comments:

On May 26, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) was revised to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Major changes in the standard were made in the areas of hazard classification, labeling, safety data sheets, and information and training. The revised standard is intended to improve the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals.

Soon after the revised HCS appeared in the Federal Register, the DOE Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS), the Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG), the Industrial Hygiene/Occupational Safety Special Interest Group (IH/OS SIG), representatives of labor organization grantees of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the DOE Volpentest HAMMER Training and Education Center partnered to assemble training materials needed for the revised HCS. The group enlisted professionals within the DOE community to produce needed materials to help sites address specific technical and training gaps in current site Hazard Communication programs created by the revised HCS. The technical materials include detailed information about SDSs, pictograms, and labels. The training materials focus on the changes in the standard, i.e., labels, pictograms, and SDSs. The training materials include an interactive-online version, as well as a static (screen shot) version of the online version; and an instructor-led classroom version with a lesson plan and exercises.

 

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