New Hazard Communication & Global Harmonized System, and OSHA Record Keeping: 2-day In-person Seminar

By: John J. Meola, CSP, ARM Director, Pillar, Inc.
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Course Description:

New Hazard Communication and Global Harmonized System

OSHA has had a Hazard Communication regulation in place since 1986. This standard is typically among the top 5 violations cited by OSHA Inspectors when they visit a workplace. In 2012 Congress enacted sweeping changes to the Hazard Communication Standard, including incorporation of the Globally Harmonized system of Chemical classification. This new standard affects all segments of industry, whether they use, manufacture, or distribute chemicals.

This seminar will explain the requirements of the new Hazard Communication Standard and compare the old requirements with the new requirements. Examples of how the new requirements will be implemented, along with a time line for implementation will be presented. Attendees will be able to explore the requirements of the updated regulation and determine how to best apply it in their business.

OSHA Record Keeping

Whether one likes it or not, OSHA plays an important role in the day to day activities of most businesses. Employers wish to comply with OSHA to provide a safe workplace for their employees. They also want to avoid fines and the problems that come about as a result of those fines. It is not always easy to understand the intricacies of some OSHA regulations, such as the updated OSHA Injury and Illness reporting requirements.

During this seminar, we will cover the requirements of the regulation, highlight the changes and explain how to better understand the requirements of the regulation so as to avoid fines and penalties. We will also provide practical examples and hands on activities so that attendees can apply the lessons of the seminar to real life situations.

Who will Benefit:

  • Manufactures and Shippers
  • Safety Directors
  • Managers
  • Personnel Responsible for preparing SDS sheets
  • Chemical users
  • Health and Safety Managers
  • Safety Associates and Representatives
  • Occupational Safety Officers
  • Industrial Hygienists
  • Health and Safety Technicians
  • Risk Managers
  • Supervisors and Managers
  • Construction Foreman and Superintendents
  • Construction Safety Engineers
  • Safety Engineers
  • Quality Control Officers
  • Quality Assurance Officers
  • Clerk of the Works
  • Technical Writers
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Designers
  • Emergency Services Personnel
  • Incident Response Technicians, Managers, Officers
  • Human Resource Managers and Generalists
  • Interns
  • Facility Managers
  • Safety Managers
  • HR Personnel
  • Worker Compensation Professionals
  • Company Executives

Course Outline

Day One (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)

  • Registration Process - (8:30 AM till 9:00 AM)
  • Session will begin by – (9:00 AM)
  • Introduction to OSHA – this is an interactive review of OSHA and selected State Plan requirements including:
    • Recently revised reporting requirements of certain types of accidents involving employee injury or death, hospitalizations, etc.
    • General paper recordkeeping requirements, OSHA or State Poster
    • Recently revised violations penalty structure
    • Pending electronic reporting of OSHA Log Cases via website – this can have far-reaching implications
    • Whistleblower protections
    • Drug & Alcohol test programs- dis-incentive to reporting
    • Complaint procedures – OSHA is bly encouraging employees to file complains with their Agency
    • Types of Inspections – how to navigate this process
    • Incident Investigations
    • Review of basic OSHA compliance requirements
      • Performance standards
      • Employee Training & education
      • How to train a ‘Competent Person
      • Example of structuring a basic Fall Protection training course curriculum
    • OSHA resources – SLTC; NIOSH; affiliations and affinity groups, etc.
    • Top Ten OSHA rule ‘violations’ – administrative and functional; how to stay in compliance
  • Hazard Communication / Globally Harmonized Standard – how to comply with this Standard
    • Safety Data Sheets
    • Pictograms – on SDS’s and containers
    • Training
    • Written HCS/GHS Plan
    • Labels, storage, handling, transfer
    • Chemical Inventory List, maintenance; minimization; substitution
    • Hazardous Materials (Haz Mat) response to low level spill or leak – basic first steps
    • Review of North American Haz Mat Emergency Response Guidebook
    • Practical applications for spill control measures, basic chemistry
Day Three (8:30 AM – 4:00 PM)

  • Review of Basic Industrial Hygiene applicable to industrial, construction, commercial trades
    • Blood borne pathogen awareness & program compliance
    • Silica Dust – Exposure Control Program
    • Indoor Air Quality
    • Zika & similar environmental hazards- Noro-virus; bird flu; hanta virus; reptile; rodent, etc.
    • Seasonal Health Factors – cold & flu avoidance, sanitary practices
    • Cold Weather Dress for Working safely outdoors
    • ERP – Active Shooter, Violence in the Workplace- severe weather preparedness
    • Why having an Employee Safety Committee is critically important
    • Fire Safety and Life Safety Code Compliance
    • Evacuation Drills from designated occupancies – how to simulate a drill in a high rise building
    • Emergency Preparations & Planning for specialty occupancies
    • Battery safety – for electric fork lift applications and UPS installations/Computer rooms, etc.
    • Other examples of Best Safety Practices
  • There will be a one page (20 Question) final exam for this session.
    • Exam is self-corrected, go around the room, participative

Meet Your Instructor

John J. Meola
John J. Meola
CSP, ARM Director, Pillar, Inc.

He is also an Instructor at the VA Commonwealth University, School of Business, Risk Management and Insurance Department and an OSHA 500 Community Outreach Construction Safety Trainer. He has authored two safety handbooks and contributes numerous technical safety articles for trade industry publications.

Mr. Meola is also an Executive Officer with the Colonial VA Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers and a Past-President of this Chapter. He works closely with clients from private industry to develop and manage employee safety and health issues across a wide range of businesses.

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