Training Program Outline

1. Introduction to GHS and OSHA Hazcom Requirements
OSHA Resources

2) GHS Effective Dates

The table below summarizes the phase-in dates required under the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS):

Effective Completion Date Requirement(s) Who
December 1, 2013 Train employees on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) format. Employers
June 1, 2015

December 1, 2015

Compliance with all modified provisions of this final rule, except:

The Distributor shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless it is a GHS label

Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers
June 1, 2016 Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards. Employers
Transition Period to the effective completion dates noted above May comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (the final standard), or the current standard, or both Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers

3) Hazcom Plan

ENSAT will review the facilities site specific Hazcom plan if provided.  If a plan is not provided, ENSAT will review the location of the plan at the facility and how to access it.  

If a plan is not available ENSAT will review the contents of the generic plan provided on ENSAT Resource Dashboard.

Sample Plan: Hazard Communication Plan

4. SDS Sheets

The contents and layout of the SDS sheet is reviewed

OSHA Resources: 

  1. OSHA Quick Card: SDS Sheets
  2. OSHA SDS Brief

The students should review MSDS's/SDS's from facility for compliance with the above criteria.  Where these documents are loaded onto an ENSATEMS client specific site, the students will use that resource to review MSDS's.The format of the 16-section SDS should include the following sections:

  • Section 1. Identification
  • Section 2. Hazard(s) identification
  • Section 3. Composition/information on ingredients
  • Section 4. First-Aid measures
  • Section 5. Fire-fighting measures
  • Section 6. Accidental release measures
  • Section 7. Handling and storage
  • Section 8. Exposure controls/personal protection
  • Section 9. Physical and chemical properties
  • Section 10. Stability and reactivity
  • Section 11. Toxicological information
  • Section 12. Ecological information
  • Section 13. Disposal considerations
  • Section 14. Transport information
  • Section 15. Regulatory information
  • Section 16. Other information, including date of preparation or last revision 
5) Labeling & Pictograms

OSHA Resources
  1. OSHA Quick Card Hazard Communication Standard Pictogram
  2. OSHA Quick Card Labeling
  3. 1910.1201 Retention of DOT markings, placards and labels
Other Resources

Labeling Video

YouTube Video



6 Hazard Identification
Methods and observations that may be used to detect the presence or release of a hazardous chemical in the work area (such as monitoring conducted by the employer, continuous monitoring devices, visual appearance or odor of hazardous chemicals when being released, etc.);

7) Discussion
Employees to share their health and safety concerns, and can ask questions for any specific hazcom concerns in their work area. Employees can also share their ideas and job experiences - they often have acquired real expertise in dealing with potentially hazardous situations.

8)  Written Exercise
Students are provided with 3 SDS sheets and are asked to find specific information on hazards associated with the materials.



Misc Training Program Resources
  1. Guy Campion Training Presentation on GHS
  2. General  HAZCOM Training Video

General Haz Com Video