GHS! Hazard Communication 2012! Everyone’s talking about it. Everyone’s googling it. Even my 16-year old daughters are asking me about it (OK, that last part isn’t true).
With all the interest, you may wonder what 3D animated training materials Convergence Training has ready for you.
Well, we’re happy to report that we’ve got you covered. So let the communicating about hazard communication begin. Here’s what we’ve got for you.
HAZARD COMMUNICATION 2012 AND GHS
Until recently, OSHA’s Hazard Communication 1994 was the law of the land. In 2012, OSHA revised the Hazard Communication Standard to align with the Globally Harmonized System (what’s commonly known as “GHS“). That new, revised Hazard Communication Standard is called Hazard Communication 2012.
You can see the Hazard Communication 2012 regulation on OSHA’s website.
TRANSITION PERIOD FROM HAZCOM 1994 TO HAZCOM 2012
The revised, Hazard Communication 2012 Standard begins to become effective now. By December 1, 2013, employers must explain the new GHS-compliant label elements and safety data sheet formats to their workers.
There is a short series of other phase-in dates, and the entire transition must be complete by June 1, 2016.
Here are all the Hazard Communication 2012 Effective Dates right on OSHA’s website.
WHICH VERSION OF THE HAZCOM STANDARD TO COMPLY WITH DURING TRANSITION PERIOD
In short, you can comply with either version, as long as you meet the requirements of the different effective dates. In OSHA’s words, here’s what that sounds like:
During the “Transition Period to the effective completion dates noted” (in this table), you “may comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (the final standard), or the current standard, or both.”
So, the answer is–Hazard Communication 1994, Hazard Communication 2012, or both.
You can check out a sample of each course below, or check out all the titles in our Health and Safety training library.
Here’s a sample from our new Hazard Communication 2012 course.
And here’s a sample from our Hazard Communication 1994 course.