Instructional Technologies has released its new Pro-Tread online training course for the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for the for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This title is shorthand for OSHA’s update to the HAZCOM Right-to-Know regulation (1919.1200).
GHS training is required to ensure that employees understand workplace chemical hazards and know the protective steps to take to avoid exposure, illness, and injury. At the end of March of this year, federal regulators gave employers eight months (Dec. 1) to train employees in 13 areas identified by OSHA.
The new Pro-Tread course will meet OSHA’s requirement to train workers on upcoming changes to chemical labels, as well as the shift from Material Data Safety Sheets (MDSS) to Safety Data Sheets (SDS). The new Pro-Tread course is made up of 28 short interactive sections that add up to nearly an hour of
training to comply with federal regulations.
“Our clients want to meet and exceed the training needed for Hazcom,” said Dr. Jim Voorhees, CEO and president of Instructional Technologies, Inc. (ITI). “Nobody gets excited about complying with a new OSHA regulation, especially one with such a short ramp-up time. But we found a way to make this GHS training work for our clients, offering the lowest price on the market to get the best training to the most drivers and workers.”
The new regulation comes at a time when OSHA is being aggressive with enforcement. The average proposed penalty for “serious” violations more than doubled in 2012 and “significant” cases (investigations producing fines totaling at least $100,000) are up 30 percent year over year. Some “mega-penalty” citations have exceeded $1 million. The agency is also more aggressively issuing “repeat” citations, at a cost of up to $70,000 for each infraction.