Navy GHS Training

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Integration of Globally Harmonized System (GHS) into the Navy Hazard Communication Program UNCLASSIFIED


OverviewIntroduction/Background Three Categories of Hazards Safety Data Sheets (SDS) Labeling *


What is HAZCOM?HAZCOM is short for Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. OSHA's HCS requires the development and dissemination of such information: Chemical manufacturers/importers are required to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import, and prepare labels and material safety data sheets (MSDS) or safety data sheets (SDS) to convey the hazard information to their downstream customers; All employers (including the military) with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must have labels and MSDS/SDS for exposed workers, and train them to handle the chemicals. Workers shall receive this training upon initial assignment, before working with the chemicals, and whenever a new chemical hazard is introduced into their work area. *


Hazard Communication and Globally Harmonized System (GHS) The GHS is an acronym for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The elements in the GHS meet the basic requirement of any hazard communication system, which is to decide if the chemical product produced and/or supplied is hazardous and to prepare a label and/or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) as appropriate. The US will incorporate GHS through OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200. *


Phase-in Period for GHS into Hazard Communication Standard *


Phase-in Period for GHS into Hazard Communication Standard By December 1, 2013, all Sailors, Navy civilians, and embedded contractors must be trained on the new label elements and SDS format. By June 1, 2016, all Navy organizations will be required to have integrated GHS into their existing Hazard Communication program and must have: Completed transition to new workplace labeling, Made sure SDSs are available on every chemical and have replaced all existing MSDS sheets, and Have provided additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards. *


1910.1200 Hazard Communication Standard for General Industry (Before GHS)Requires an employer to: Have a written hazard communication program. Have each hazardous chemical in the workplace appropriately labeled. Have a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each hazardous chemical in the workplace. Train his/her employees about the hazards associated with and precautionary measures required for each hazardous chemical in the workplace. Training is required initially and anytime a new hazardous chemical is introduced into the workplace. *


How does GHS change Hazard Communication at my installation? 1. “Hazard Classification” rather than “hazard determination” 2. “Safety data sheet” (rather than “material safety data sheet”) uses a 16-section format 3. Labels are more defined with specific requirements. *Because the US Navy adopted OSHA standards (see OPNAVINST 5100.23 series), it is required to meet the implementation/integration dates.NOTE:


The Scope of the GHS Covers all hazardous chemical substances, dilute solutions, and mixtures. Pharmaceuticals, food additives, cosmetics and pesticide residues in food will not be covered at the point of consumer/end user, but will be covered where workers may be exposed (such as the manufacturing of food and pharmaceuticals), and in transport. *


What are GHS Hazards?The categories of hazards are: Physical Health Environmental (non-mandatory) Hazards not Otherwise Classified (HNOC) by GHS are required to be included on SDS (section 2) and will be addressed in employee training. *NOTE:


GHS Physical Hazards Explosives Flammable Gases Flammable Aerosols Oxidizing Gases Gases Under Pressure Physical Hazards Flammable Liquids Flammable Solids Self-Reactive Substances Pyrophoric Liquids *Continued


GHS Physical Hazards Oxidizing Liquids Oxidizing Solids Organic Peroxides Corrosive to MetalsPhysical Hazards Pyrophoric Solids Self-Heating Substances Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases *Continued


GHS Health Hazards Acute Toxicity Skin Corrosion/Irritation Serious Eye Damage/Eye Irritation Respiratory or Skin Sensitization Germ Cell Mutagenicity CarcinogenicityHealth Hazards *Continued


GHS Health Hazards Reproductive Toxicology Target Organ Systemic Toxicity – Single Exposure Target Organ Systemic Toxicity – Repeated Exposure Aspiration ToxicityHealth Hazards *Continued


GHS Environmental Hazards Hazardous to the Aquatic Environment Acute aquatic toxicity Chronic aquatic toxicity Bioaccumulation potential Rapid degradabilityEnvironmental Hazards **New** *


Role of the SDS in the GHSThe SDS* provides comprehensive information about a chemical substance or mixture. Primary Use: The Workplace Employers and workers use the SDS as a source of information about hazards and to obtain advice on safety precautions. The SDS format will make finding hazard and chemical information easier. *SDS—Formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) *


SDS Format: 16 headings*SDS—Formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) *SDS* is now in a standardized format: 1. Identification 2. Hazard(s) identification 3. Composition/information on ingredients 4. First-aid measures 5. Fire-fighting measures 6. Accidental release measures 7. Handling and storage 8. Exposure control/personal protection


9. Physical and chemical properties 10. Stability and reactivity 11. Toxicological information 12. Ecological information* 13. Disposal considerations* 14. Transport information* 15. Regulatory information 16. Other informationSDS Format: 16 headings *Continued*Non-mandatory


*SDS Format Example


Is there a specific GHS label format / layout? The actual label format or layout is not specified in the GHS. However, there are required label elements.Labeling *


Label Elements Product identifier Supplier identifier Chemical identity Hazard pictograms* Signal words* Hazard statements* Precautionary information **These three elements, on all hazard warnings, are required to be located together on the label


The standardized label elements included in the GHS are: Signal Words Hazard Statements Symbols (hazard pictograms) Labeling *


Signal Words “Danger” or “Warning” Used to emphasize hazards and indicate relative level of severity of the hazard assigned to a GHS hazard class and category *


Hazard StatementsInclude appropriate statement for each GHS hazard on labels for products possessing more than one hazard. Examples of required hazard statements: “Keep away from fire, sparks and heated surfaces” “Do not use in areas without adequate ventilation” “Use CO2, dry chemical, or foam” (for fighting fires) “Wear safety goggles and gloves” *


Pictograms Have been standardized to convey health, physical and environmental hazard information, assigned to a GHS hazard class and category *


*Pictograms are required in the revised Hazard Communication Standard. The nine pictograms above are standardized.Pictograms

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