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Course Title: OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is Changing: Are You Ready?
Categories: 1 - Industrial Hygiene and Lab Safety
Instructor(s): Wesley Maertz Course Number: 98
Affiliation: WW Grainger, Inc.
Course Date: 03/21/2013 - Thursday Course Length: 1/2 Day Course
Start Time: 01:00 PM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $260 ($360 after 2/18/13) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
This course will provide an overview of OSHA’s proposed changes to the HCS and discuss steps your organization should take to prepare for GHS. Developed by the United Nations, GHS stands for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals; OSHA alignment with GHS became final on 5/25/2012 and will mean big changes for U.S. companies that make, transport, handle or otherwise use chemicals. The two biggest changes companies will see are to material safety data sheets (MSDS) and safety labels. Chemical manufacturers will also have additional responsibilities around MSDS authoring and chemical classification. Taking a proactive approach is the best way to save time, money and keep your organization in compliance. Course objectives include: familiarization with the basics of OSHA adoption of GHS, understanding your obligations under GHS, and preparation of your organization for transition to GHS.

Target Audience
Anyone responsible for compliance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200). Tasks would include MSDS management , labeling, and safety training.

Course Outline
I. Background Info
A. Adopted by the UN in 2008
B. Modification to existing Standard
II. Impact (who)
III. Benefits and Costs
IV. Changes
A. Classification
1. Appendix A and B
B. Labels
1. New information
2. Pictograms
3. Signal Words
4. Hazard Statements
5. Precautionary Statements
6. HMIS Numbering differences
7. Can you use old system or do you need to use new?
C. Data Sheets
1. 16 section format
2. Sections 12-15 not mandatory
V. Dates to Remember
A. December 2013
B. June 2015
C. June 2016
VI. Resources
VII. Review
A. Standard Really not changing
B. Implementation dates
VIII. Questions

Course Instructor's Biography
Wes Maertz has worked for W.W. Grainger, Inc. for 15 years as a Technical Product Support Specialist. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education; Occupational Safety. His career also boasts 18 years of overall safety experience working in a variety of disciplines that include Industrial Hygiene, Safety Consulting, Fleet Safety, Human Resources, and Loss Control. Wes is a professional member of American Society of Safety Engineers and holds certifications in OSHA 10 and 30 Hour General Industry Outreach Training, Competent Person for fall prevention/protection, hazwopper administration level, and has held the designation of Certified Safety Professional since 2000. In addition, Wes has presented on the topic of PPE for several groups as part of the OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Outreach Program.