New Globally Harmonized System (GHS) The Revised Hazard Communication Standard

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Lansing


OSHA has revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Two significant changes contained in the revised standard require the use of new labeling elements and a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). The first compliance date of the revised HCS is December 1, 2013, at which time employers must have trained their workers on the new label elements and the SDS format. Join us for this fun, highly interactive, one-day seminar to understand and communicate the dangers of hazardous chemicals to employees in the workplace. This new system will be much easier to use, once you know how to interpret symbols and aid your employees in understanding.

Who Should Attend
Safety directors, plant managers, supervisors, safety committee members, human resources personnel, and any other employees with duties and responsibilities to use, handle or may be exposed to hazardous chemicals.  

At the end of this program, attendees will:

  • Understand the chemical risks
  • Know why the words “danger” and “warning” signal different things
  • Understand why the word “poison” is being replaced
  • Learn how to educate employees
  • Comprehend new SDS (safety data sheets) under the GHS (Global Harmonized Standard)
  • Be able to interpret the new symbols (learn why eight are covered by MIOSHA and the ninth is DEQ)
  • Understand the training that must be provided for new employees
  • Develop a format for bridging current training to the new standard
  • Be prepared to meet the December 1, 2013, deadline for training employees
  • Understand the fines MIOSHA levies if training requirements are not met
  • Have played a fun safety game to identify hazards from new labels and photos
  • Receive a CD containing a copy of the presentation to use for employee training
  • Have learned by doing, not being lectured!

Laura Simms, MSA (Central Michigan), BIS (Wayne State), is an authorized OSHA outreach trainer (Eastern Michigan) with a 30-year background in the electrical industry. She’s a native Michigander and president of PROFESSORDOCTORMOM, LLC, in Sterling Heights. Her classes are interesting and effective.