The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS): A Comprehensive Course for Working with Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Session 1 – October 2, 2018 – Introduction to GHS:
Tips and Tricks for Evaluating SDS and Labels
Session 2 – October 9, 2018 – GHS: Physical Hazards
Session 3 – October 16, 2018 – GHS: Health Hazards
Session 4 – October 23, 2018 – GHS: Environmental Hazards
Session 5 – October 30, 2018 – GHS Around the World
This webinar series will provide attendees with an understanding and background of the criteria needed to classify hazardous products. Understanding the information presented on Safety Data Sheets is essential in responding to potentially hazardous products found in the workplace. After participating in this webinar series, attendees will have acquired the knowledge necessary to evaluate the information presented on SDS and give appropriate feedback to suppliers to improve the quality of information provided. This webinar series consists of five sessions. Session 1 provides an overview of GHS and information on how to evaluate received SDS and labels. Sessions 2-4 explain the GHS criteria for the classification of physical, health and environmental hazards, respectively. Session 5 evaluates the GHS and its impact around the world.
Session 1 – Introduction to GHS: Tips and Tricks for Evaluating SDS and Labels
Safety Data Sheets are everywhere. Having a basic comprehension of SDS and hazard communication is no longer sufficient to understand and evaluate the hazards of chemicals. With the relatively new standards, information appearing on SDS has changed and the knowledge required to properly translate information on the SDS to workplace hazard control has increased.
After successful completion of Session 1, attendees will:
- Be able to identify the key components of a compliant SDS
- Know where to find the most important information on the SDS
- Know how to provide appropriate feedback to suppliers
- Know how to translate information on SDS to workplace hazard control
- Be able to use SDS for workplace labeling
Session 2 – GHS: Physical Hazards
This session will review the physical hazard classes covered by the GHS including flammable gases, oxidizing liquids, corrosive to metals, etc. An overview of the data points needed for classification of physical hazards and an explanation on how to handle substances and mixtures will be presented. Label elements associated with each physical hazard will be reviewed.
After successful completion of Session 2, attendees will:
- Understand the types of data used for each physical hazard classification
- Know which questions to ask a supplier to better understand hazard classifications
- Understand how GHS hazard classifications reflect relative hazards
- Be able to identify label elements associated with each physical hazard
- Be able to identify sources of independently available physical hazard data
Session 3 – GHS: Health Hazards
This session will review the health hazard classes covered by the GHS. Acute toxicity, chronic health hazards such as reproductive toxicity and carcinogenicity, and low- and high-level health hazards will be discussed. An overview of the data points required for substance classification and the various mixture rules for all of the GHS health hazards will be presented. This session will also cover the nuances of health hazard classification that will allow participants to better understand the information conveyed on the SDS.
After successful completion of Session 3, attendees will:
- Understand the different health hazards covered by the GHS
- Understand the interaction between data points and classification
- Know what data are required on the SDS to support health hazard classification
- Understand how health hazard classifications are reflected in labeling
- Be able to identify sources of independently available health hazard data
Session 4 – GHS: Environmental Hazards
Optional in the U.S. and Canada, most international regulations have adopted the GHS Environmental Hazard Classification. This session will review the environmental hazard classes (hazardous to aquatic environment, hazardous to the ozone layer) covered by the GHS.
After successful completion of Session 4, attendees will:
- Understand the different environmental hazards covered by the GHS
- Know where to find environmental hazard data
- Understand the interaction between GHS environmental hazard classification and transport
- Understand the difference between acute and chronic environmental hazards
Session 5 – GHS Around the World
Shipping to and receiving products from different regions of the world require knowledge of that region’s regulatory framework. Since the GHS has a building block approach, different countries may have implemented different hazard classes or hazard categories when incorporating GHS into their regulations. This session will provide an overview of where the GHS has been formally adopted and in what context.
After successful completion of Session 5, attendees will:
- Be able to identify the many countries where the GHS has been adopted
- Understand the building block approach of GHS adoption
- Understand the effect of GHS revisions on GHS adoption
- Know the key deadlines for major country GHS adoption
Who Should Attend?
This webinar series is for anyone receiving and using SDS in their workplace to identify potential product ingredients and to control workplace chemical hazards, including:
- Industrial Hygienists
- OHS Professionals
- Environmental Health Officers
- Environmental Health Specialists
- Safety Professionals
- Plant/Facility Managers
- Plant Maintenance Personnel
What is an ACGIH Webinar?
ACGIH® is dedicated to providing quality, scientific, educational events. One method of doing this is to offer distance-learning opportunities. This series will consist of five webinars. A webinar, short for Web-based seminar, is a presentation, lecture, or seminar that is transmitted over the Internet. A key feature of a webinar is its interactive elements — the ability to give, receive and discuss information. Webinars are as effective as on-site presentations without the travel expense. Each session in this series is approximately 2½ hours in duration and consists of a presentation given via the internet with an audio telephone link similar to that of a conference call.
ACGIH® is pleased to offer attendees an audio option. U.S. and Canadian attendees can connect to the audio portion of the webinars via the toll-free audio telephone link or listen to the audio portion through an audio stream directly through their computer. Other international participants can listen via the audio stream without incurring additional telephone charges.*
*Connection from outside the U.S. and Canada will be via streaming audio only.
Each session in this webinar series contains 2.5 contact hours and may be eligible for ABIH CM credit. See the ABIH website (www.abih.org) for CM credit criteria. This webinar series may also qualify for BCSP recertification points for Certified Safety Professionals. Participants seeking confirmation of attendance for these webinars from ACGIH® must attend the live events or view the archive and submit the final exams and evaluations. Certificates of Completion will be issued in a timely manner after receipt and completion of these items.