The HazCom/GHS Training Deadline Is December 1 – Are You Ready? Reply

OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and published it in the Federal Register in March 2012.

The revised HCS standard contains new requirements for hazardous chemical labeling. The HCS also includes a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). Employers must provide training on the new label elements and the SDS format by December 1, 2013.

GHS has more structured requirements for labeling including a product identifier, signal word, hazard statement(s), precautionary statement(s), and pictogram(s). All hazardous chemicals shipped after June 1, 2015, must be labeled with the GHS required elements. The information contained in the SDS is largely the same as the MSDS, except that SDSs are required to be presented in a consistent, 16-section format. SDSs must be provided in the standard GHS format by June 1, 2015.

News, fact sheets and other information can be found on the OSHA website’s Hazard Communication page: https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html.

For more information or for assistance with your GHS training program, please contact Colleen Walsh at (508) 970-0033 ext. 129 or cwalsh@capaccio.com.

CAPACCIO assists Harvard University with EH&S training program Reply

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CAPACCIO assists several colleges, universities, and schools with a variety of environmental, health and safety (EH&S) and engineering services. Recently, we assisted Harvard University (Harvard) with developing a series of training modules for their employees across campus.

Harvard was planning to launch a new EH&S training program that included creating a variety of job safety trainings via web-based modules. Although Harvard already had existing EH&S training modules, they wanted to revise and update them so they could be more effective and applicable to personnel.

CAPACCIO was chosen to revise and update a series of modules for a variety of job positions on the campus. The revisions included focusing on the tasks involved with each position from an EH&S perspective. This helped engage personnel on the EH&S requirements that affected them, shortened the training time, and placed the focus on what was most important to keep personnel safe.

To begin the project, CAPACCIO participated in a project kickoff meeting with Harvard’s EH&S staff to discuss the scope and objectives, review the existing materials and the initial desired changes. The first program CAPACCIO developed was geared toward new employees, who were all required to have safety training. CAPACCIO also created a series of modules to use as a guideline and proceeded to assist Harvard with modifying the rest so they all had the same look and feel.

To accompany each slide/module, CAPACCIO wrote the narrative script and provided the recorded narration. CAPACCIO created an audition tape consisting of three Capaccio employee voice-over choices (male and female) for Harvard to choose from to be the “Voice of Harvard.”

To ensure the employees were properly trained and understood the material, CAPACCIO also created a quiz for each module with a series of multiple-choice questions. Harvard was able to incorporate the quizzes into their online training system so they could track quizzes taken and determine successful completion based on quiz scores.

CAPACCIO’s vast experience with developing and implementing EH&S programs for our clients along with the related program documentation and training materials was a plus. Our staff of professional EH&S engineers, scientists, certified safety professionals, and certified industrial hygienists were all able to provide the necessary technical information to ensure the training programs were accurate and comprehensive.

To learn more about the vast array of services CAPACCIO can provide for colleges and universities, please see our service sheet, http://www.capaccio.com/Handouts/ServiceInfo/Capaccio_Services_CollegesUniversities.pdf

For more information on this project or if you are interested in speaking to us about your training program, please contact Bill Potochniak at 508-970-0033 ext. 134 or wpotochniak@capaccio.com.

CAPACCIO’s 2013 Compliance Calendar Available For Download Reply

CAPACCIO has just posted its 2013 Compliance Calendar! Always a hot item, our calendar provides 2013 deadlines for meeting regulatory requirements required by the MassDEP, EPA, DOT, and OSHA. In addition to these requirements, there are many non-date specific requirements throughout the year including:

• Initial training and annual or periodic retraining or refresher training required by
  OSHA or other regulatory agencies for affected employees
• Inspections, testing, monitoring, and/or certification of equipment and systems
• Payment of compliance assurance, renewal, or usage fees
• Permit, certificate, and license renewals
• Internal or external program audits and reviews
• Documentation and recordkeeping

Visit http://www.capaccio.com/Resources/DLoads/AnnCal/dload_anncal.html
to download an Adobe pdf version which includes brief summaries of the various health and safety requirements mandated by OSHA in their General Industry Standards and any corresponding timelines. An additional separate version of the calendar, compatible with Microsoft Outlook, is also available for download.

Download your calendar today! For more information on any of these requirements, please contact Lucy Servidio at 508-970-0033 ext. 114 or lservidio@capaccio.com.

First Aid and CPR WWT Operator TCH Credits Reply

CAPACCIO has had a few inquiries from our clients asking if First Aid Classes and CPR classes can be used toward the 20 Training Contact Hours (TCH’s) that WWT operators are required to obtain in order to maintain their licenses.  We spoke with the MassDEP who confirmed that they are approved. When operators submit their license renewal forms, they are to include a copy of the card (both sides) issued to them upon completion. First Aid Courses (regardless of actual length in hours) are approved for 3 TCH’s, similarly, CPR courses are also worth 3 TCH’s.  Some companies are now offering combined classes where First Aid and CPR are covered in the same course and the participants are issued one certification card for both.  If the class is combined the operators can only obtain 3 TCH’s and not 6 as they would if they were to take the classes separately. If you have any questions, contact Josh Fawson at 508-970-0033 ext. 120 or jfawson@capaccio.com.