Late last year, TargetSolutions announced it will be updating more than two dozen courses to meet the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals standards. TargetSolutions has made good progress toward that goal by updating and/or re-launching the following courses:

>> Right to Know
>> NFPA 1500 Hazard Communication
>> Hazmat Spill Prevention and Control
>> Hazmat Transportation
>> Materials, Handling, Storage, Use and Disposal

All of the remaining health and safety training courses that directly deal with the new GHS standard are scheduled to be, or are in the process of being, updated to the new regulations. We expect all updates to be completed this year.

GHS is a worldwide initiative to promote standard criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health, physical and environmental hazards. It was developed by the United Nations because systems already in place worldwide create multiple classifications and inconsistent protection for those potentially exposed to the chemicals.

The GHS itself is not a regulation or a standard. It is simply a document that establishes agreed hazard classification and communication provisions with information on how to apply the system. Its primary goal is the protection of human health and the environment by providing chemical users and handlers with enhanced and consistent information on chemical hazards.

“TargetSolutions understands the importance of updating these courses,” said Content Architect Jeremy Lynch. “We are in the process of making the changes, and while there is no international implementation schedule we will have all of our related courses in compliance with the new system by the end of 2013.

For more information on the GHS, please visit its website.