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Hazard Communication for Managers and Supervisors (HazCom/GHS)

Intended Audience

This course is intended to provide Supervisors, Managers and Safety Coordinators or Officers, whose employees may have exposure and/or potential exposure to hazardous chemicals and substances, with Hazard Communication orientation reflecting the latest Employee Right to Know information. This training is also appropriate to:

  • Project owners, senior managers, building & facility owners that subcontract to vendors visiting their projects and facilities with the intent of work; and, in doing so, may be exposed to site hazardous chemicals
  • Sub-Contractors that visit sites at which they will be using hazardous chemicals and/or exposed to site hazardous chemicals
  • Manufacturers, Importers, Distributors or Suppliers of hazardous chemicals

This course is applicable to employers and their staffs in nearly all places of employment, including Construction, General Industry, Manufacturing, Warehousing, Service and Transportation Services.

Why Take This Course

Following this training the student should be able to:

  1. Describe the supervisory responsibilities for providing and maintaining safe and healthful working conditions for employees with respect to hazardous chemicals;
  2. List the fundamental elements of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard as it applies to employers;
  3. Identify and locate other OSHA standards that align closely with OSHA’s HCS (i.e., OSHA’s Subpart Z);
  4. Develop and/or implement an employer’s written Hazard Communication Program meeting OSHA’s expectations to include the hazardous chemical inventory, recording, reporting and availability of hazard communication information;
  5. Select and utilize supervisor/managerial tips and tools for worker training and information surrounding hazardous chemicals, dealing with spills, detection and abatement of hazardous chemical hazards, and motivation of subordinates toward promoting safe, healthful and compliant work practices;
  6. Recognize when additional HAZCOM training or retraining for employees is needed;
  7. Identify two sources of additional information on HAZCOM.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Hazard Communication
    • Background and Definitions
    • Incorporation of GHS
  • Hazardous Chemicals and Classification Basics
  • Hazard Communication Responsibilities
    • Manufacturers, Distributors, Suppliers, Importers
    • Employers, including Senior Management & Facility Owners
    • Supervisors and Managers
    • Employees
  • Hazard Communication Program Elements
    • Written program
    • Identifying responsible staff
    • Identifying hazardous chemicals and development of a hazardous chemical inventory
    • Hazardous chemical labeling and label elements
      • Pictograms
      • Signal Words
      • Precautionary Statements
      • Hazard statement
  • Information and Training
    • Tips to promote safety, health and compliance
  • Trade Secrets
  • General Methods for Hazardous Chemical Detection, Protection & Control
  • Additional Sources of Information and Assistance specific to Hazard Communication
  • Hazard Communication Compliance Checklist for Supervisors & Managers
  • Summary