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Course Overview

ChemADVISOR’s US Hazard Communication Essentials course focuses on the principles of hazard determination and communication for US regulatory compliance. This course will address Safety Data Sheet (SDS) preparation, as well as Precautionary Labeling for workplace chemicals. [Note: This course represents an updated approach to our archived (M)SDS Authoring and U.S. Industrial Labeling Courses.]

This course begins with a discussion of the United States regulatory requirements that apply to SDS authoring under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) 29 CFR 1910.1200. It continues with a discussion of the recommendations for SDS authoring contained within the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) current standard for Hazardous Workplace Chemicals – Hazard Evaluation and SDS and Precautionary Labeling Preparation (ANSI Z400.1/Z129.1-2010), which is a voluntary consensus standard.

The course then moves on to a review of hazard determination principles, including evaluation of data and application of professional judgment. These principles are followed by a detailed discussion of the 16 sections of the SDS, going through each one, section by section. Within this part of the course, attendees learn how to classify products using OSHA and ANSI criteria.

The US Hazard Communication Essentials course concludes with a workshop during which the class critiques SDSs which they themselves provide. This workshop has proven to be both a popular and an effective way of reinforcing the concepts covered throughout the course.

This course is focused on United States regulatory requirements, however, international references are made throughout the course, and questions will be addressed as time allows.


Regulatory Coverage

This course is based primarily upon OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard at 29 CFR 1910.1200 and substance-specific health standards at 29 CFR 1910.1001-1052, as well as ANSI’s current standard for Hazardous Workplace Chemicals – Hazard Evaluation and SDS and Precautionary Labeling Preparation (ANSI Z400.1/Z129.1-2010). However, other U.S. federal, state, and local and international regulations are addressed in appropriate sections of the SDS.

Additionally, advisory guidance and standards will be addressed as well as glimpses into emerging topics and legislation such as the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling (GHS).


Course Agenda

  • Introduction
    • What are SDSs?
    • When are SDSs required?
    • Why are SDSs required?
    • What purpose does an SDS serve?
    • Consideration of target audiences
    • OSHA Hazard Communication Standard vs. ANSI Standard
  • OSHA Hazard Communication
    • OSHA requirements for SDSs
    • In-depth analysis of 29 CFR 1910.1200 focusing on portions applicable to SDSs
    • OSHA definitions of terms used on SDSs
    • Health and Physical Hazard definitions
    • Component disclosure and trade secrets under OSHA regulations
    • Regulatory information required for listing on SDSs
  • SDS preparation in accordance with ANSI standard (Detailed description of the 16-section SDS format including identification and use of pertinent information sources for inclusion in SDSs)
    • Hazard Determination
      • Aspects of sound and thorough Hazard Evaluation
      • How does professional judgment factor in?
      • Hazard vs. risk
      • Hazard determination in practice
    • Writing an SDS – section-by-section details
      [Note: Sections are taught in a non-sequential but logical order that is consistent with typical practice
      • Section 1 – Product and Company Identification
      • Section 2 – Hazards Identification
      • Section 3 – Composition / Information on Ingredients
      • Section 4 – First Aid Measures
      • Section 5 – Fire Fighting Measures
      • Section 6 – Accidental Release Measures
      • Section 7 – Handling and Storage
      • Section 8 – Exposure Control / Personal Protective Equipment
      • Section 9 – Physical and Chemical Properties
      • Section 10 – Stability and Reactivity
      • Section 11 – Toxicological Information
      • Section 12 – Ecological Information
      • Section 13 – Disposal Considerations
      • Section 14 – Transportation Information
      • Section 15 – Regulatory Information
      • Section 16 – Other Information
  • Actual SDS Preparation
    • Students will be given product compositions or chemical formulations and will prepare an (M)SDS as the course proceeds
    • Students will research hazards and properties of components using computerized and hardcopy reference sources and decide upon appropriate SDS statements
    • SDSs will be reviewed by the instructors with the individual students to offer guidance and advice
  • Precautionary Labeling
    • U.S. Workplace (OSHA) Requirements
      • Overview
      • Manufacturer Requirements
      • Employer Requirements
      • Specifically Regulated Substances
    • ANSI Standard Workplace Recommendations
      • Elements of a Label
      • Label Characteristics
      • Preparing a Label – Guidance
      • Annexes
    • Additional State Labeling Requirements
      • Pennsylvania
      • New Jersey
      • California – Proposition 65
  • GHS Overview
  • Workshop
    • The course concludes with an open discussion on SDS and Label review and compliance.
    • Attendees have the opportunity to submit company-prepared documents for the class to comment on, guided by course instructors.



None - This is an introductory course geared for individuals new to Hazard Communication, or as a refresher for experienced individuals who are working within a refocused or redefined role in HazCom.


Course Certification

This course is worth 4.34 Industrial Hygiene CM Points

  • 2011 (Approval #: 11-1390)


Upcoming Course Dates

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Dec 08, 2014 - Dec 11, 2014Pittsburgh, PARegistration
Jan 05, 2015 - Jan 08, 2015Pittsburgh, PARegistration
Apr 07, 2015 - Apr 10, 2015Pittsburgh, PARegistration
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  • All full day courses run from 8:30 am – 4:30pm. Half day courses will run from 8:30 am – noon.
  • All slides, handouts and manuals are included in the course price where applicable.
  • Lunch during full day courses is included.
  • All travel expenses to and from the ChemADVISOR facilities, including hotel expenses, are not included in the course price.
  • Payment is due in advance of the scheduled course date.
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Refund/Cancellation policy:
14 days prior to start of course - Full refund
7 days prior to start of course - 50% refund
Less than 7 days - no refund
ChemADVISOR reserves the right to reschedule training up to two weeks prior to the scheduled course start date.