Hazardous Communication Training - GHS and OSHA HazCom Training

Workers are exposed to hazardous chemicals daily in the workplace. Such conditions pose a serious health threat to the worker. OSHA requires training regarding chemical hazards in the workplace. In this course you will learn about the HazCom (Hazardous Communication) Standard and the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS), and how to use Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and chemical labels to protect yourself from hazards or react to chemical exposures.

Course Description Course Description

This course gives you a basic understanding of how to deal with hazardous chemicals and how workers can prevent and protect themselves from chemical hazards.

Who is This Course For? Who is This Course For?

40 million workers and 5 million workplaces are affected by this new regulatory change, including:

  • Construction
    • Industrial
    • Residential
    • Commercial
    • Heavy Road
  • General Industry
    • Manufacturing
    • Petrochemical
    • Oil and Gas
    • Healthcare
    • Pharma
    • Trucking
    • Specialty Industries

What is GHS? What is GHS?

  • GHS stands for the “Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals”.
  • GHS is a system that defines and classifies the hazards of chemical products, and communicates heath and safety information on labels and material safety data sheets (called Safety Data Sheets, or SDSs, in GHS).
  • The goal is that the same set of rules for classifying hazards, and the same format and content for labels and safety data sheets (SDS) will be adopted and used around the world.
  • An international team of hazard communication experts developed GHS.

What is Hazardous Communication? What is Hazardous Communication?

  • An OSHA regulation that requires chemical manufacturers, suppliers, and importers to assess the hazards of the chemicals that they make, supply, or import.
  • Inform employers, customers, and workers of these hazards through MSDS information and labeling.

GHS and OSHA Hazardous Communication Combined? GHS and OSHA Hazardous Communication Combined?

  • OSHA‘s proposal to adopt the GHS will not change the framework and scope of the current HCS.
  • Ensure improved quality and more consistency in the classification and labeling of all chemicals.
  • Enhance worker comprehension resulting in appropriate handling and use of chemicals.
  • Harmonized format of SDS will enable workers to access the information more efficiently.
  • The adoption of GHS will minimize burden of multiple labels and SDS developed for the same product when shipped to different countries.

When Do I Need to Complete Initial Hazard Communication Training? 

​​Unlike other OSHA standards, there is no grace period allowed for HazCom training. The training must be completed before handling any hazardous chemicals. 

How Often Do I Need to Take Hazardous Communication Training? 

Under OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), there isn't a specific required time interval set for refresher training, unlike some other OSHA training requirements. 

However, training must be conducted in the following situations:

1. At the time of initial assignment

2. Whenever a new chemical hazard is introduced 

Employees need to receive information and training about hazardous chemicals in their designated work area when they first start or are assigned to a new task (before they come into contact with the chemical). 

Additionally, if a new hazardous chemical is brought into the workplace that employees haven't been trained on before, they must receive training about that specific chemical's hazards. 

When Does My HazCom Training Expire? 

Your course is valid for one (1) year from the date of purchase (the date payment is made) unless otherwise stated in the course details. 

For further details on course expiration, kindly refer to our Terms of Service

How Quickly Will I Get My Hazard Communication Training Certificate? 

Once you complete your course and pass the required exams, you can immediately print your certificate of completion. 

What Can I Do If I Lose My HazCom Certification? 

If you lose your certificate of completion and need a new one, you can contact customer service at [email protected]

What If I Need a Refund for My HazCom Training Online Course? 


What Are the 5 Elements of Hazard Communication Standard Training?

The five elements of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard are: 

  1. Chemical Inventory 
  2. Written Program 
  3. Labels 
  4. Material Safety Data Sheets 
  5. Training


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