Ivy Tech Corporate College to educate on changes within the Hazard Communication Standards
Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast and Ivy Tech Corporate College will host an OSHA update seminar May 3 for students and companies to meet educational requirements within the safety agency’s Hazard Communication Standards.
The presentation will be at the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus (7602 Patriot Crossing) from 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Corporate College trainer Gary Hall will lead the discussion in the building’s auditorium and all educational materials will be provided. Participant registration is required by calling Ann Travis at 260-480-4118.
Since the implementation of the Hazard Communication Standards in 1983, the focus has shifted from “the right to know” to “the right to understand.” Employers are required to educate their employees with the changes made from OSHA by December 31, 2013. This seminar will allow employers to meet this requirement and also update students to prepare them for the workforce.
The Hazard Communication Standards are now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This update to the Hazard Communication Standards will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Once implemented, the revised standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals.
This update will also help reduce trade barriers and result in productivity improvements for American businesses that regularly handle, store and use hazardous chemicals while providing cost savings for American businesses that periodically update safety data sheets and labels for chemicals covered under the hazard communication standard.
The two-hour seminar will introduce changes to the Hazard Communication Standards, which will update employees and students with the new OSHA regulations and the Global Harmonized System. The seminar will consist of a presentation and handouts to ensure comprehension.