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USF offers critical training in classification and labeling of chemicals for hazard communication

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Created by the United Nations, the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) serves as the international standard for Hazard Communication. Recent changes to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standards have aligned the United States with GHS, and training is required to familiarize employers and employees on these changes by December 1.

“We are making it easy for employers and employees to get the new information and to make sure they are protected,” says Bob Nesbit, program director for USF’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC).

With this certificate program, students learn important information about changes to hazard classification, labels, safety data sheets, as well as employee training requirements. In addition, students learn about written hazard communication programs, various trade secrets, and employee information and training.

Students who complete the one-hour certificate program receive an official OSHA OTIEC Certificate of Completion.

The USF College of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health is the academic home for the OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC). The department offers more than 10 concentrations that lead to MPH, MSPH, and PhD degrees, as well several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and special programs. Most recently, the college launched an online master of public health degree in health, safety & environment.

For more information on OSHA training opportunities, visit http://usfoticenter.org/hazcom/.