By Dec. 1, 2013, employers must have trained their workers on the new label elements and the Safety Data Sheets (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets, or MSDS). GCSAA's Aug. 22 live webcast, "Hazard Communication, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) & Your Golf Course," gave superintendents important information about meeting the training requirement. Full implementation of the new standard, which updates the one adopted in 1994, will involve several additional phases, culminating June 1, 2016.
OSHA's Kathy Landkrohn, GCSAA's webinar presenter, told participants the early training deadline is
OSHA revised the 1994 standard to align with the United Nations' GHS to benefit workers by reducing confusion about chemical hazards in the workplace, facilitating safety training and improving understanding of hazards, especially for low literacy workers. The new standard will classify chemicals according to their health and physical hazards and establish consistent labels and SDS for all chemicals.
Landkrohn outlined the minimum required topics for the training that must be completed by Dec. 1 and emphasized that employers must present the information in a manner and language that their employees can understand. OSHA's HazCom website has QuickCards and OSHA Briefs in both English and Spanish. The website also has links to frequently asked questions and more.
The webcast is available on-demand at no additional cost to GCSAA members and for $60 for nonmembers.
Watch for additional information about the Revised Hazard Communication Standard and upcoming compliance deadlines in the October issue of GCM.