GHS and OSHA Hazardous Communication

What is GHS and OSHA Hazardous Communication Training?

This course teaches you how to identify hazardous chemicals in the workplace, safely handle them, and protect yourself and your coworkers from the risks they present.

OSHA requires employers who use hazardous chemicals to educate affected employees on risks and safety precautions.  It's called the Hazardous Communications Standard (HCS or "HazCom" for short), which followed the "Right to Know" Act.

The use standardized labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) is an important part of HazCom. They allow workers to identify chemicals and find important information quickly.  In 2013, OSHA aligned their classification system, label standards, and SDS format with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System (GHS) to make international trade easier. 

This course covers the most up-to-date GHS HCS standards.

Who Should Take GHS and OSHA Hazardous Communication Training?

HazCom standards apply to all employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces, regardless of industry or size.  Employees with potential exposure need to be HazCom-trained.

Here are some examples of settings or professions where HazCom training is probably necessary – keep in mind, this list is not exhaustive:

  • Health Care settings (including dentists)
  • Emergency Responders
  • Pharmacies/Pharmaceutical settings
  • Laboratories
  • Cleaning/Janitorial services
  • Pest Control
  • Lawn Care
  • Plumbers
  • HVAC services
  • Automotive industry
  • Manufacturing or Industrial settings
  • Oil and Gas industry
  • Construction industry

Topics Covered

  • Introduction
  • The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)
  • The Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Important Definitions
  • Labels
  • Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
  • Hazards
  • Controlling Physical and Health Hazards
  • Case Study
  • Hazard Communication Program
  • Training


When Do I Need to Complete Initial HazCom Training?

Unlike some OSHA standards that allow a 90-day grace period, you have to finish HazCom training BEFORE you start to work with any hazardous chemicals. 

Just providing a data sheet does NOT count as training. You need to learn about the categories of chemicals you'll encounter, how to interpret labels and data sheets, and precautions for handling chemicals safely.

How Often Do I Need to Take HazCom Training?

OSHA itself has no refresher requirements for HazCom training. However, they require additional training if a new category of chemical is introduced into the workplace. For example, if a new chemical is a carcinogen but there has never been a carcinogen in the workplace before, additional training is required before the new chemical is used.

When Does My Course Expire?

Your course will expire one (1) year after you purchase it (the date you submit payment), unless the course itself indicates otherwise.

For more information about course expiration dates, please read Terms of Use.

How Quickly Will I Get My Certificate of Completion?

Once you finish your course and pass any required exams, you can print your certificate of completion right away.

What Can I Do If I Lose My Certificate?

If you lose your certificate of completion and need a new one, you can contact customer service at (877) 881-2235 or [email protected].

What If I Need a Refund for My Training Course?

If for some reason you are not happy and would like a refund, send us a request within 72 hours of purchase. Here are the eligibility requirements you must meet:

  • Your purchase was made no more than 72 hours prior to your refund request.
  • You have NOT
    • Attempted any portion of a test or exam.
    • Requested or been issued a certificate of completion.
    • Completed 50% or more of the purchased course.

If you meet all of these criteria, submit your refund request in writing via email to [email protected] with a proof-of-purchase receipt and an explanation for why you are requesting a refund.

You can find more information about our refund policy here.

GHS and OSHA Hazardous Communication


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