GHS and OSHA Hazard Communication Course Teaches Hazardous Material Identification


In this course you will learn about the HazCom (Hazardous Communication) Standard and the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS), and how to use Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and chemical labels to protect yourself from hazards or react to chemical exposures.

PRICE: $20.00 (Includes PDF Guide)


GHS & OSHA Hazardous Communication 

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What is the GHS?

GHS – Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, is an internationally-recognized (and OSHA approved!)  system for labeling hazardous materials in the workplace. Most Americans are familiar with the traditional symbols for hazardous material – grouping these materials into 10 different classes (5 physical hazards, 4 health hazards, and 1 environmental hazard), while the MSDS guidebooks and OSHA standards outline which chemicals are what, and how best to identify, safely handle, and protect yourself from exposure and accidents when working around them.

A series of standardized label elements serve to communicate all GHS iconography. These serve to clearly identify a substance, and advise laborers as to its specific hazards and advise proper handling techniques.

GHS Label Elements include:

  •         GHS Hazard “pictogram” symbols: a set of standardized icons marking the specific hazard involved-

o   Physical Hazard: explosives, flammables, oxidizing chemicals, compressed gas, corrosives

o   Health Hazard: toxic, corrosive, irritant, general health hazard

o   Environmental Hazard: environmentally damaging

  •         Identifying Colors: All GHS Hazard icons are white and black, with red borders, but further pictograms, detailing which sub-class of each classified hazard the material in question applies to are further denoted by solid orange (division 1.1-1.6 explosives), solid red (division 2.1 flammable gasses and Class 3 flammable liquids), solid yellow with a dashed border (division 5.1 oxidizing substances), etc.
  •         Statement: These can be additional words or phrases which reinforce the GHS pictogram’s message. “Caution: Flammable” or the like is commonly seen.
  •         Precautions: “handle with care” or “causes severe eye irritation” – usually written next to the warning label icon
  •         First Aid Information: common instructions for immediately relieving any symptoms associated with contact with the chemical or substance, followed by advice to seek proper medical attention
  •         Supplier information: name, address, and contact information for the supplier your employer buys the GHS-labeled material from.

These are just the basics of the GHS system, for full information, complete the OSHA Pros GHS and OSHA Hazard Communication Course today, and check your employer’s MSDS for information on specific workplace hazards.

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