Safety officer tip: HazCom training not once and done

By: May 16th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

While federal OSHA does not require annual training in hazard communication, that doesn’t mean forgetting about it once employees have completed initial training.

Section 1910 1200(h) of the Hazard Communication standard requires training at the time of a worker’s initial assignment and “whenever a new physical or health hazard the employees have not previously been trained about is introduced into their work area.”

Also, some state- administered OSHA programs do require annual or additional hazard communication training. Employers under state OSHA programs, especially in Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Tennessee, should check with their state OSHA consultative division and ask which, if any, state requirements differ from federal requirements.

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Changes to the OSHA Hazard Communication standard through adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classifying and labeling chemicals, and the new Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in General Industry are two of the most significant changes from OSHA this year. Now, available on demand is HCPro’s HazCom/GHS and PPE Enforcement: Understanding the New Requirements for OSHA Compliance in Healthcare, a 90-minute audio program where healthcare industry experts will tell you how these changes affect your workplace, provide a timeline for implementation, and offer tools to help you train your staff.


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