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Hazard Communication for Managers and Supervisors (HazCom/GHS)

    Hazard Communication for Managers and Supervisors (HazCom/GHS)

    Course Overview

    This advanced OSHA HazCom for Supervisors & Managers online training course includes introductory and specialized materials which will enable supervisors to better recognize and eliminate, or reduce, Occupational Safety and Health Hazards in their work environments where there are hazardous chemicals. This course also reviews, in relative detail, OSHA’s revised Globally Harmonized System (GHS) requirements for hazard classification, safety data sheets and product labels.

    This training course has been developed directly from OSHA’s Hazard Communication requirements as outlined in the revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) and is intended to help supervisors, managers and employers meet their workers basic training requirements for Hazard Communication.

    NOTE: It is suggested that Supervisors and Managers also take ClickSafety’s Hazard Communication Advanced course which provides a good background and introduction of the OSHA HazCom Standard.


    Intended Audience

    This course is intended to provide Supervisors, Managers and Safety Coordinators or Officers, whose employees may have exposure and/or potential exposure to hazardous chemicals and substances, with Hazard Communication orientation reflecting the latest Employee Right to Know information. This training is also appropriate to:

    • Project owners, senior managers, building & facility owners that subcontract to vendors visiting their projects and facilities with the intent of work; and, in doing so, may be exposed to site hazardous chemicals
    • Sub-Contractors that visit sites at which they will be using hazardous chemicals and/or exposed to site hazardous chemicals
    • Manufacturers, Importers, Distributors or Suppliers of hazardous chemicals

    This course is applicable to employers and their staffs in nearly all places of employment, including Construction, General Industry, Manufacturing, Warehousing, Service and Transportation Services.

    Learning Objectives

    This Hazard Communication for Supervisors & Managers online safety course explains OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard, the elements of a hazard communication written program, Hazard Communication responsibilities, the new GHS chemical hazard classification system, the MSDS vs. SDS, labeling requirements and provides helpful training and information tools to promote your company's compliance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).

    Following this training the student should be able to:

    1. Describe the supervisory responsibilities for providing and maintaining safe and healthful working conditions for employees with respect to hazardous chemicals;
    2. List the fundamental elements of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard as it applies to employers;
    3. Identify and locate other OSHA standards that align closely with OSHA’s HCS (i.e., OSHA’s Subpart Z);
    4. Develop and/or implement an employer’s written Hazard Communication Program meeting OSHA’s expectations to include the hazardous chemical inventory, recording, reporting and availability of hazard communication information;
    5. Select and utilize supervisor/managerial tips and tools for worker training and information surrounding hazardous chemicals, dealing with spills, detection and abatement of hazardous chemical hazards, and motivation of subordinates toward promoting safe, healthful and compliant work practices;
    6. Recognize when additional HAZCOM training or retraining for employees is needed;
    7. Identify two sources of additional information on HAZCOM.

    Course Topics

    • Introduction to Hazard Communication
      • Background and Definitions
      • Incorporation of GHS
    • Hazardous Chemicals and Classification Basics
    • Hazard Communication Responsibilities
      • Manufacturers, Distributors, Suppliers, Importers
      • Employers, including Senior Management & Facility Owners
      • Supervisors and Managers
      • Employees
    • Hazard Communication Program Elements
      • Written program
      • Identifying responsible staff
      • Identifying hazardous chemicals and development of a hazardous chemical inventory
      • Hazardous chemical labeling and label elements
        • Pictograms
        • Signal Words
        • Precautionary Statements
        • Hazard statement
    • Information and Training
      • Tips to promote safety, health and compliance
    • Trade Secrets
    • General Methods for Hazardous Chemical Detection, Protection & Control
    • Additional Sources of Information and Assistance specific to Hazard Communication
    • Hazard Communication Compliance Checklist for Supervisors & Managers
    • Summary

    Industry Terms

    • Hazard Communication, HazCom, HCS, HCP, Employee Right to Know
    • Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
    • Hazard Classification
    • Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
    • Precautionary Statement, Pictogram, Signal Word
    • Trade Secrets

    Based on:

    • OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (aka HazCom) as found in 29 CFR 1910.1200
    • The 2012 revisions to OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard incorporating the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals


    • Training incorporating the latest regulatory requirements and revisions to HCS
    • Provides additional sources of information and assistance specific to Hazard Communication
    • When taken with ClickSafety’s “Hazard Communication Advanced” course, a student will see these benefits:
      • Clearly understand the requirements of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard and the revisions to the HCS incorporating elements of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
      • Understand the elements of a written Hazard Communication Program
      • Promote compliance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard
      • Minimize potential of citation and penalty for one of the top standards cited by OSHA
      • Learn basics of hazardous chemical identification, evaluation and control techniques
      • Learn Potential mitigation of hazardous chemical exposures resulting in possible injury and illness
      • Learn tools and techniques to develop and administer a HCP
      • Learn tips to effectively train and inform employees about HCS
    Burlington, MA 01803
    Call: 800.971.1080