New hazard communication training requirement

Last week all active Fermilab employees, users and visitors received an email notice informing them of a new training course requirement titled GHS Hazard Communication Update (FN000496). This course requirement will appear in your ITNAs this week. The deadline for this training is Dec. 1. To meet this labwide training requirement, please take the online course that was developed with the assistance of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. To receive credit you will be asked to take a short quiz at the conclusion of the course.

This course is necessary to meet the training requirements of the revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazard Communication Standard. By issuing this new standard, OSHA supports a global effort known as the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

The self-paced training course will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. It provides an overview of important changes in how chemical hazards will be communicated in the future with pictograms, labels and documents, including details on the new label elements and the new format of the Safety Data Sheet, formerly known as the Material Safety Data Sheet.

The training materials listed on the course summary training page provide information on the technical content for safety data sheets, labels and pictograms. The link to the 5-minute GHS training video mentioned in last week’s email notice is also listed.

Dave Baird, ESH&Q