November 21, 2013
As most of you know, Dec. 1, 2013, is the deadline for training your employees about the information on the new globally harmonized labels they will see on containers of hazardous chemicals and the new 16-section format on safety data sheets.
If you have yet to train your employees yet or if they need a quick refresher, you can find a couple of new interactive applications on Oregon OSHA's website to help you.
The folks at SAIF have produced a nice interactive video that clearly explains the new formats for labels, pictograms, and safety data sheets. The interactive part of the video tests users on what they have learned – it takes less than 15 minutes to complete. Oregon OSHA also has an interactive app that provides the same information but without the quiz. It's intended primarily for employees who use smartphones and other mobile devices as quick way to review the information that they need to know by Dec. 1.
Check out both applications on Oregon OSHA's "Hazard communication / GHS" A-Z topics page, under "Education."
Oregon OSHA's popular Be Trained! publication has undergone a complete makeover, which now makes it especially useful for folks who use mobile devices.
Be Trained! summarizes all the required training for employees in Oregon OSHA's safety and health standards and is intended to help employers find the training requirements that apply to their workplaces. The guide includes a summary of each requirement and a link to the standard's complete text.
In addition to updated content, the guide's clean new format was designed especially for smartphone and tablet users. Check out Be Trained! on your mobile device and let us know what you think.
Reprinting, excerpting, or plagiarizing any part of this publication is fine with us!
But remember: the information in this newsletter is intended to highlight safe work practices, but it does not replace Oregon OSHA workplace safety and health rules.
For information about Oregon OSHA services and answers to technical questions, call (503) 378-3272 or toll-free within Oregon, (800) 922-2689.