Hazard Communication Training (HazCom Training)
HazCom Training

Hazard Communication (HazCom) Training - What You Need to Know With GHS

The J. J. Keller® HazCom: What You Need to Know with GHS training program is designed to help you comply with the training requirements of the HazCom Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) and GHS provisions. This ready-to-use program outlines best practices for safely handling chemicals and covers a variety of critical HazCom topics such as hazard classification and categories, chemical inventory, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), the new GHS-specified 16-section format, and more.

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Hazardous chemicals are a fact of life in most workplaces. They're needed to help manufacture many of the products we use in our daily lives. The potential for accidents, incidents, and injuries is always present when people work with, or in the vicinity of, hazardous chemicals. But by knowing and understanding the basic nature of those chemicals and how to safely work with or around them, employees can greatly decrease any risk that might be present.
HazCom: What You Need to Know is designed to instruct learners about chemicals and the methods used to provide them with information about their hazards. Specifically, it covers how to keep themselves safe through education on the Hazard Communication Standard, chemical hazards, Safety Data Sheets, container labels, and best practices.

After completing this Hazard Communication training, students will be able to:

  •  Describe how the HazCom Standard keeps you safe from the dangers of hazardous chemicals
  •  List common hazards of chemicals you may encounter
  •  Describe how Safety Data Sheets can help you work safely with chemicals
  •  Explain what to look for on chemical container labels that can help you determine if the chemical is hazardous
  •  Recognize how to keep yourself safe when working with chemicals

J. J. Keller's HazCom: What You Need to Know training program covers the following topics:

Hazardous Chemicals

  •  HazCom Standard
  •  Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
  •  Hazards of Chemicals
  •  Chemical Classification
  •  Chemical Inventory

Safety Data Sheets

  •  Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)
  •  How to Use SDSs


  •  Label elements
  •  Labeling
  •  Relabeling

Keeping Safe

  •  Training
  •  Written Program
  •  Keep Yourself Safe

Intended Audience: All employees who have an exposure or a potential for exposure to hazardous chemicals
Regulations Covered: 29 CFR 1910.1200

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HazCom Training FAQS


OSHA says you must train "employees" which are defined in 1910.1200 as "a worker who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals under normal operating conditions or in foreseeable emergencies. Workers such as office workers or bank tellers who encounter hazardous chemicals only in non-routine, isolated instances are not covered."

"Exposure" or "exposed" under the rule means that an employee is subjected to a hazardous chemical in the course of employment through any route of entry (inhalation, ingestion, skin contact, or absorption) and includes potential (e.g., accidental or possible) exposure.

Normal operating conditions are those which employees encounter in performing their job duties in their assigned work areas.

Workers who encounter hazardous chemicals only in non-routine, isolated instances are not covered. For instance, if a receptionist or sales person occasionally delivers a phone message to an area where chemicals are used, he or she would not be covered.

But if workers routinely bring production or sales paperwork to that area, or if they deliver or pick up sealed boxes of chemicals, they have to be trained. If you are not sure if certain employees are "routinely exposed," include them in the training. It is better to train too many people than to miss some people and risk an OSHA fine.

You must provide “effective” HazCom training to your employees at the time of their initial assignment and whenever a new physical or health hazard the employees have not previously been trained about is introduced into their work area. For example, if a new solvent is brought into the workplace, and it has hazards similar to existing chemicals for which training has already been conducted, then no new training is required. If the newly introduced solvent is a suspect carcinogen, and there has never been a carcinogenic hazard in the workplace before, then new training for carcinogenic hazards must be conducted for employees in those work areas where employees will be exposed.

There is no annual re-training requirement. During an OSHA inspection, however, the compliance officer will likely question employees regarding the HazCom program. If employees are unable to answer those questions, OSHA may determine that the employees are not adequately trained. Occasionally quizzing your employees about program elements may identify a need for refresher training.

In order to meet the requirements of the HazCom standard, the contractor and/or the temporary agency employer have shared responsibility to provide training to temporary employees. It should be spelled out in the contract between the temporary agency and the employer who would be expected to provide generic hazard training. Host employers would then be responsible for providing site-specific hazard training as required by the standard.

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