How often is HazCom training required?

The HazCom program is a great way to improve workplace safety when there are dangerous chemicals being used. The system was originally developed to help ensure employees were given all the information they need about the dangers associated with working with or near chemicals, it has really evolved into more than that. Still, at its base, it is this type of knowledge that helps to ensure employees are able to take the necessary steps to stay safe. This all starts with providing employees with the proper training so they can recognize the various HazCom labels, safety data sheets, and other aspects of the system.

When Should Employees Get HazCom Training?

All employees should be given HazCom training as part of their initial onboarding process. This training will ensure they understand the basics of what HazCom is, how to read relevant signs, pictograms, labels, and other information. In addition, it should let them know which chemicals are used in a particular facility so they are well-aware of the dangers that are present. Finally, employees should be trained on how to react in the event that there is a chemical spill or other issue that requires immediate attention.

To make it even easier to provide HazCom training, many facilities will combine it with training on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). These two programs have a lot in common, and are very complimentary, which makes training more effective.

How Often Should Employees Receive HazCom Training?

In addition to the initial training that employers need to provide to their employees upon hire, additional training should also be given. There is no requirement for annual updates to the training, so it is really up to the employer to determine when additional training is necessary. The one time when it does become a requirement is when a new chemical is introduced to the facility. When an employer starts using a new chemical, they will need to provide all employees with updated HazCom training to reflect this new situation.

In most cases, this training will be simply a refresher course in addition to the new information about the new chemical. Letting employees know the details about the new chemical is what is most important with this type of extra training. This would include making sure they know what the pictograms associated with that chemical are, where it is to be used, what dangers are associated with it, and where the chemical’s safety data sheet is located.

 

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