OSHA required that companies storing, using or handling chemicals must train workers to understand the new data sheets and labels of the Hazard Communication Global Harmonized System (GHS). As with all OSHA Training Standards employers are required to provide training in an understandable language and method.
While OSHA has established a generous changeover period, OSHA hopes that as manufacturers change their labels, workers will already be trained.
Be sure that OSHA will be verifying compliance, but they are still offering the GHS Training Resources available at the OSHA Training Service’s website (http://www.oshatraining.com/ghs-training-resources.php).
- June 1, 2015: Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers must comply with all other requirements of the revised standard.
- Dec. 1, 2015: Distributors may not ship containers unless they contain approved labels.
- June 1, 2016: Employers must update workplace labeling and their hazard communication programs as necessary, including additional employee training for newly identified chemical hazards.