With the invention of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, language barriers are no longer an excuse for lack of compliance. GHS overcomes the language barrier that previously existed in safety labeling.
Although GHS is a universal format, it still needs to be taught to all applicable personnel, including those who don’t speak English.
What is GHS?
GHS is a way to classify hazards using a universal format for labels and safety data sheets. It was created by the United Nations to help businesses inform workers about the dangers they might encounter at work. The U.N. says adopting the standards will facilitate international trade and streamline the global economy.
The GHS standard classifies chemicals according to their health and physical hazards, and it specifies hazard communication elements for labeling products and preparing safety data sheets. GHS covers a wide-range of commercial environment chemicals like construction adhesives, motor oil, paints, and cleaning supplies.
GHS Training in Spanish
Since more workers than ever don’t speak English and primarily speak Spanish, safety compliance managers need to find a training solution in their employee’s language. As we reported in April, employers are required to train employees on the new GHS regulations by December 1st.
The number of Latino and Hispanic employees is growing, and historically this left a gap in training and compliance, as there were no Spanish training courses available. In fact, in 2011, 749 Hispanic or Latino workers were killed on the job. The same year, one in four of all contractors killed was Hispanic or Latino.
Dr. David Michaels, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, states that many of these workers who were killed or injured have limited English proficiency and didn’t receive the training and protective measures required.
Where to Find Spanish GHS Training
Here at OSHAcampus.com, we help businesses meet their OSHA obligations. This year we’re heavily focused on helping these businesses and their employees make the switch from the current system, which requires chemical manufacturers and importers to print hazard information but leaves the specifics up to them.
GHS and OSHA Hazardous Communication training delivers convenient online compliance courses that bring you and your team up to speed on the new standards. We also offer this GHS training in Spanish with GHS y OSHA Comunicación de Peligros course.
Whether you’re looking for a GHS training course in English or Spanish, OSHAcampus is your safety training destination. Sign up for your course today!