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Hazardous Material Update

This training page is to ensure that employees are familiar with and understand the new chemical safety labels and the SDS approach. Chemical labels and SDSs are changing. Safety information is being standardized. The goal is for all suppliers of chemicals to be able to communicate hazards in the same way.

The revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). As a result, there are three major areas of change: hazard classification, labels, and safety data sheets (SDS). The new label elements and SDS requirements will improve worker understanding of the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace. The process will be phased in during the next few years. While new labels and SDSs are required to be provided by manufacturers and importers by June 1, 2015, employers have until June 1, 2016 to make adjustments to their workplace programs for any new hazards identified as a result of the transition to the GHS system.

Employees need to be familiar with the new label elements and safety data sheet format.
This training will help ensure that workers can access and use the information on the new labels and SDSs effectively.


Role of the Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
The Safety Data Sheet is the detailed source of information about the chemical to ensure it is handled safely .

Safety Data Sheet Format
New safety data sheets will be organized using a specified order of information. The required information will appear in the same sections of an SDS regardless of the supplier. The most important information will be listed in the first sections of the SDS.

Safety Data Sheet Sections
1. Identification
2. Hazard(s) identification
3. Composition/information on ingredients
4. First-aid measures
5. Fire-fighting measures
6. Accidental release measures
7. Handling and storage
8. Exposure control/personal protection
9. Physical and chemical properties
10. Stability and reactivity
11. Toxicological information
12. Ecological information
13. Disposal considerations
14. Transport information
15. Regulatory information
16. Other information