SGIA Announces New Right to Know Training Program

November 26th, 2013 by Editor

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has announced a newly developed Right to Know training program in response to final changes to the Hazard Communication Standard, implemented by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

The updated Hazard Communication Standard features changes that include the ways in which hazards must be classified, how they are to be labeled as such, and in what format and with which specific information Safety Data Sheets must be presented. While full implementation doesn’t occur until 2015, OSHA requires that workers be trained by December 1, 2013, on the new label elements and safety data sheet format, in addition to current training requirements.

“SGIA’s safety training resource provides employers with the information needed to meet the critical December 1 deadline. The new program continues to incorporate all training elements that are required by OSHA for right to know training,” states Marci Kinter, vice president of government and business information. “And we heard your suggestions. This is a much more interactive program, providing engagement with employees throughout the training.”

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  1. There are two free online OSHA training tutorials available for employers to provide this mandatory GHS training to their workers; one covers the new GHS format for labels, and the other covers the new format for safety data sheets (SD’s. There are also free toolbox talks that cover these same topics. You can access all of these free GHS training resources at , over 200,000 workers have been trained with these in the past 6 months.

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