U.S. Hazard Communication Essentials [ Classroom ]

Course Overview

U.S. Hazard Communication Essentials begins with a discussion of the United States regulatory requirements that apply to SDS authoring under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) 29 CFR 1910.1200. This standard, as updated in 2012 (and thus termed HCS 2012), is the US’s implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling (GHS).

This 3 day course describes and demonstrates the hazard classification, including evaluation of data and application of professional judgment. Attendees will learn how to classify products using the OSHA implementation of GHS. These principles are followed by a detailed discussion of the 16 sections of the SDS, section by section and completing a practice SDS.

The U.S. Hazard Communication Essentials course concludes with a workshop in which the class critiques SDSs that they themselves provide. This workshop has proven to be both a popular and an effective way of reinforcing the concepts covered throughout the course.

This course is focused on United States regulatory requirements, however, international references are made throughout the course, and questions will be addressed as time allows.

Regulatory Coverage

This course is based primarily upon OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard at 29 CFR 1910.1200 and substance-specific health standards at 29 CFR 1910.1001-1052. However, other U.S. federal, state, and local and international regulations are addressed in appropriate sections of the SDS.


None – This is an introductory course geared for individuals new to Hazard Communication, or as a refresher for experienced individuals who are working within a refocused or redefined role in HazCom.

Upcoming Course Dates

Event DatesLocationSeats AvailableEvent Registration
Feb 12, 2019 - Feb 14, 2019Pittsburgh, PAClosedRegistration Closed

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