Newer OSHA Requirements - GHS for Janitorial

The Globally Harmonized System of Hazard Communication

OSHA has begun a series of steps that will convert the Material Safety Data Sheet system, known as HazCom, to the Globally Harmonized System, using Safety Data Sheets. Here is OSHA's commentary on the kickoff date:

"By (Dec. 1st, 2013) employers must have trained their workers on the new label elements and the SDS format. This training is needed early in the transition process since workers are already beginning to see the new labels and SDSs on the chemicals in their workplace.To ensure employees have the information they need to better protect themselves from chemical hazards in the workplace during the transition period, it is critical that employees understand the new label and SDS formats." 

If you have not performed the training yet, you should immediately plan to take action. But don't panic, resources on this page can help you. There are other dates as follows:

The purpose of globally harmonizing hazard communications is to make the vast amount of chemistry that crosses borders each year conform better with a more world-uniform system. It holds manufacturers to new standards, and helps communicate somewhat more pictorally in a world where languages spoken in any given country can be many. 


See the bottom of this page for downloadable assists to help you train your staff.

PUR-O-ZONE materials can help you understand the new GHS standard, and to train your employees, with a downloadable slideshow including notes in PowerPoint. Use the notes as talking points, and bone up on the material by going through it a couple of times. Or, have your staff watch the show, take the quiz and submit it for grading and a certificate for scores of 90% or higher. 

Just click on the icon below for the slideshow. This PUR-O-ZONE program is designed to help you and your staff understand the changes to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (Haz Com):

  • What is GHS?
  • Why was the GHS Developed?
  • What are the Benefits of GHS?
  • What are the Changes to Haz Comm Requirements with GHS?
  • Who does this Impact?
  • When Do You Need To Be In Compliance?
  • Review the New 2012 Hazard Communication
  • New Labeling Requirements
  • Overview of the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) format 16 categories

Make sure to pass around a log of attendance signed by each employee (download below). Record the date and timeframe covered. Make sure printed names are clearly readable. You may order certificates of attendance from PUR-O-ZONE, and if the tests are passed, we offer Cleaning Education Credits for each successful attendee (90% or more) on the same certificate. See the link below to email scanned tests.

OSHA GHS Fact Sheet

OSHA Quick Cards:

Safety Data Sheets   Safety Data Sheets (Spanish)   Pictograms

Download a copy of the quiz

Download an attendance sign-off sheet 

Submit a list of attendees, titles and dates for certificates here

Scan and submit quiz answer sheets for grading here