Hazard Communication with GHS
Cost: $95 per participant / Contract Pricing Available
Length: 4 hours
Hazard Communication also known as “Right to Know” pertains to the individual employees’ right to receive information about the potentially hazardous chemicals, materials and substances they may encounter in the workplace.
Worker Right-to-Know For Public Employees
The mission of the Worker Right-to-Know Program in the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is to protect the health of public employees by providing current and accurate information about hazardous chemicals and their health effects and by ensuring that the public employers comply with the requirements of the state worker right-to-know law.
The Worker Right-to-Know Program is administered by staff in the DSHS Division of Regulatory Services, Environmental and Consumer Safety Section, Policy, Standards & Quality Assurance Unit. This program is conducted under the authority of the Texas Hazard Communication Act (THCA, Health & Safety Code, Chapter 502), which requires public employers* to provide information, training, and appropriate personal protective equipment to their employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in their workplaces. DSHS administers an inspection and enforcement program under the THCA to ensure that public employees are protected from hazardous chemicals in their workplaces.
The Hazard Communication Program (HCP) is also a required training by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the personnel of a private company under 29 CFR 1910.1200 to achieve a safer workplace. The purpose of the HCP is to ensure that the hazards of chemicals located in the workplace are evaluated and that the information is transmitted to potentially exposed employees.
The basic goal of a Hazard Communication Program is to ensure employers and employees know about work hazards and how to protect themselves. The desired outcome of the training is to help to reduce the incidence of chemical exposure leading to workplace accidents, illness, and injuries.
Employers are required by the Texas Hazard Communication Act (THCA, Health & Safety Code, Chapter 502), to provide information and training to their employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in their workplaces. It has been the City’s experience that all employees contact products that fall under the Texas Hazard Communication Act. With this in mind the City believes that this course addresses the requirement that a TCEQ licensed individual should have this knowledge and skills necessary to perform the critical tasks associated with the occupational licenses listed in Section D above.
Overall Course Goals and/or Objective Statements
Upon successful completion of this workshop, the student will be able to:
- Identify and list hazardous chemicals in their workplaces,
- Obtain SDSs ( formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS’s) and labels for each hazardous chemical they work with,
- Identify proper container labeling,
- Know how to obtain and use available hazard information,
- Understand protective measures such as engineering controls, work practices to mitigate hazards and how to select personal protective equipment,
- Be able to complete a Hazardous Chemicals Evaluation Sheet for chemicals found or used in their workplace, and
- Communicate hazard information to their fellow employees.