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U.S. Hazard Communication Essentials

U.S. Hazard Communication Essentials Training Course Overview

US Hazard Communication Essentials  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. This standard, as updated in 2012 (and thus termed HCS 2012), is the US’s implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling (GHS).

This 3 day course describes and demonstrates the hazard classification, including evaluation of data and application of professional judgment. Attendees will learn how to classify products using the OSHA implementation of GHS. These principles are followed by a detailed discussion of the 16 sections of the SDS, section by section and completing a practice SDS.

The US Hazard Communication Essentials course concludes with a workshop in which the class critiques SDSs that 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.


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. However, other U.S. federal, state, and local and international regulations are addressed in appropriate sections of the SDS.


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.

Training courses are primarily at our Pittsburgh, PA training facility and a few other locations around the US and EU. Some of our courses are online, as are an evolving list of webinars. Any of our courses can be also be scheduled privately for your company.


Event DatesLocationSeats AvailableEvent Registration
Oct 24, 2017 - Oct 26, 2017Pittsburgh, PAClosedRegistration Closed
Feb 27, 2018 - Mar 1, 2018Pittsburgh, PA13Registration
Jun 19, 2018 - Jun 21, 2018Pittsburgh, PAOpenRegistration