The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals is a system developed by the United Nations in concert with International Stakeholders to standardize the classification and labeling of chemicals around the world. The GHS has been in development for many years and some countries and sectors (consumer, environmental, workplace, transportation) have already started the implementation process. In the US, the GHS was adopted into the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard in March 2012. Implementation dates begin in 2013. This course is designed to highlight the US implementation of the GHS, Global Harmonization principles and best practices. View pdf
A G E N D A Location:
8:00 a.m. Registration and Morning Refreshments
8:10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
8:15 a.m. GHS Symposium
12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)
12:30 p.m. Continuation of GHS Symposium
3:30 p.m. Washington State Hazard Communication Update, DOSH
4:00 p.m. Closing Comments and Program Evaluation
C O U R S E O B J E C T I V E S
At the completion of this course participants should be able to:
Describe the current state of the United Nations GHS and define standards for classification and labeling of chemicals in the United States.
Discuss the way that SDS and labels are developed under the GHS based on the classification of the hazardous chemical.
List labeling elements used in the GHS and understand the definitions and principles of chemical identity, signal words, pictograms and Hazard and Precautionary Statements.
Identify the steps they need to take to comply with the New Hazard Communication Standard (Hazcom 2012)
I N T E N D E D A U D I E N C E
This conference is targeted towards workers, emergency responders, consumers, and industry professionals interested in learning about the GHS activities and efforts toward convergence of regulatory requirements and practices.
F A C U L T Y
Denese A. Deeds, CIH
Industrial Health & Safety Consultants, Inc.
Ms. Deeds, CIH is co-founder of Industrial Health & Safety Consultants, Inc (IH&SC) where she is the Director of Chemical Regulatory Services. In that function she prepares SDS, labels and other hazard communication documents and assists companies with overall chemical regulatory compliance. Prior to founding IH&SC she worked as an industrial hygienist for General Electric and Westinghouse. Denese is certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene by the ABIH. She is a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and a member the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) and a Registered Specialist SDS and Label Authoring.
Pamela Edwards, Industrial Hygienist, MS
Division of Occupational Safety and Health
Ms. Edwards works for the Department of Labor and Industries, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). She serves as the agencies technical and policy expert concerning globally harmonized chemical hazard communication, health care, hazardous drugs, and agricultural occupational health. She is a current member of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienist, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Society of Chemical Hazard Communication, Washington State Healthcare Safety Council Board, Association of Occupational Health Professionals, and Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration.
A C C R E D I T A T I O N
American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certification Maintenance can be obtained for this activity. See the ABIH website for CM credit criteria.
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