The federal law on hazardous chemicals and training has changed. Please be aware that all workers must be trained in the new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) Global Harmonization System (GHS) by Dec. 1, 2013. Hazardous chemical management in Maine schools is subject to United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) laws 29 CFR 1910.1200 (hazard communication) and 29 CFR 1910.1450 (occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories).
Free training on the Hazardous Communication / Global Harmonization System will be offered by Maine Department of Labor SafetyWorks on Monday, June 3. The training will take place at the Portland Career Center, 185 Lancaster Street in Portland from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. To register for the training go to the SafetyWorks website and click on the training section. If you have questions about the training, please call (207) 771-5687. If you are interested in additional training sessions for your staff please contact SafetyWorks at (207)623-7900.
To learn how the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), please see this resource from OSHA on Hazard Communication.