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Hazard Communication Program and Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

Hazard Communication Program
The purpose of the Hazard Communication Program (HazCom) is to ensure employees are aware of hazardous chemicals in the workplace and are provided information regarding the potential hazards associated with exposure to these chemicals. This program is designed to comply with the Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP) [Ohio House Bill 308 an Act] and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Program or “Employee Right-to-Know” act. All employees are required to have Hazard Communication Training and every department using hazardous chemicals should have a written program.
Global Harmonized System
The OSU Hazard Communication Program also provides information for compliance the GHS, which is an acronym for The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The GHS is a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labeling of chemicals. It is a logical and comprehensive approach to defining health, physical and environmental hazards of chemicals; creating classification processes that use available data on chemicals for comparison with the defined hazard criteria; and communicating hazard information, as well as protective measures, on labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Note: “Globally Harmonized System (GHS)" training is no longer a seperate training, it has been included with the Hazard Communication program.

Employee Training

All Ohio State University employees are required to complete training on “Hazard Communication".   This training is mandatory, even for personnel who do not work in a laboratory or handle hazardous materials. Both of these mandatory trainings can be done on-line and will not take very long to complete.  The reason OSU’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety is asking this be done on-line, is to be efficient in documenting those who have participated. All faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the trainings to comply with the State Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP) and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Program (“Employee Right-to-Know”).

To Complete The Training:
1) Click on this link -  http://www.ehs.osu.edu/Training/Default.aspx

2) Cick on “EHS Online Login Page” located in the center of the page.

3) Sign in using your osu.edu e-mail address.  Once you have signed in a new web page should pop up.

4) Click on “EHS Online Training.”

5) You will see a Program Listing bar with a drop down menu labeled “Area” under it.

6) Click on the“Area” drop down menu (under the “Program Listing” bar), and choose the “Occupational Health and Safety” tab.  Another drop down menu labeled “Program” will appear next to the one labeled “Area”.

7) Click on the “Program” drop down menu (also under the Program Listing bar) and choose “Hazard Communication (CFR1910.1200)” tab.

8) Click on “Begin Training Program” in the lower left part of the box to start the training.

Please remember that the “GHS Classifying and Labeling of Chemicals” training is now included in the “Hazard Communication (HazComm)” training. 

If you have any questions regarding Hazard Communication or Global Harmonized System (GHS), please contact Kent McGuire at mcguire.225@osu.edu or 292-0588. You may also contact the OSU Environmental Health and Safety Office online at http://ehs.osu.edu/OccHealthSafety/default.aspx or by phone at (614) 292-1284.

Reviewed / Updated: 5/6/15 K. McGuire