AIHce Indianapolis



PDC 408
GHS: The New Hazard Communication - SOLD OUT

intermediate | 1.34 CM Points/ 8 Contact Hours/ 1.0 CEU/COC Point | Sunday | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Limit: 60

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Communication and/or Training, Hazardous Chemicals, Stewardship and Sustainability

GHS for the Hazard Communication Professional, an in-depth technical PDC on classification, labeling and SDS under the GHS. The PDC presents the classification system for hazardous chemicals called the GHS or Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals directed to the practicing IH/Hazard Communication Professional. The final revised OSHA HazCom Standard was issued in the Fall of 2011 and the transition period has begun. Other countries and regions are quickly adopting the GHS into their hazard communication systems.

The GHS introduces new and far more detailed hazard classification criteria. It also introduces a system of standardized pictograms and hazard and precautionary statements for product labels and safety data sheets. This change will require revision of all MSDS and labels for chemicals in the U.S. IHs who are responsible for hazard communication for their workers and customers must be ready for the challenge. IHs must start now to learn and apply this new system to the management of chemical risk in the workplace.

Value Added:
Receive a classification summary guide GHS symbol definition sheet, the URL for the 3rd revision of the GHS, and final OSHA standard and practices classifying substances for the mixtures and label development.

Basic understanding of chemical hazards and Hazard Communication in the US.

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe how chemicals (substances and mixtures) are classified under the GHS for physio-chemical, health and environmental hazards.
  • Recognize the pictograms (symbols) used in the GHS.
  • Recognize comparative hazard level using GHS standard hazard statements and signal words.
  • Identify resources that can be used to determine chemical classifications for pure substances and mixtures.
  • Know the essential elements of a GHS compliant SDS and label.


  • Background: Development of the GHS as an International System Scope of the GHS Classification and Criteria (all Hazard Classes will be covered)
  • Health Hazards
  • Substance criteria and mixture rules
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Substance criteria and mixture rules Physio-chemical Hazards
  • Hazard Communication Elements
  • Labeling
  • Pictograms
  • Signal Words
  • Hazard Statements
  • Precautionary Statements
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • International and US Implementation of the GHS (detailed review of the revised OSHA Hazcom Standard

Transfer of Knowledge:
Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Group activities
  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum

Sponsoring Committee:
Stewardship and Sustainability

Important PDC dates:

  • May 18 — E-handout download instructions are e-mailed.
  • June 1  — Contact the AIHA if you have not received your e-handout e-mail.
  • June 1  — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning open.
  • June 15-17 — AIHce 2012 PDCs are presented. Participants must bring a printed or electronic copy of their PDC handout.
  • August 31 — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning close.
  • August 27 Educational transcripts updated and available for download