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GHS Training Q&A

Do office workers require GHS/HazCom training?
In general, most office workers would not be covered by the law. OSHA makes an exception for "household consumer products" like windex, pens, and adhesive tape so long as workers use it for the same intended duration and frequency as a consumer would use it. Workers that encounter hazardous substances only in isolated and infrequent instances are not covered by the law.
Our label printer can only print in black and white. Can GHS labels be printed without color?
No. The pictograms must have the red border to be in compliant with the law. OSHA specifically addresses this question on their website. However, when the pictograms appear on an SDS, OSHA allows them to be in black & white.
I have some employees that only speak basic English. Can I give them GHS training in English?
Probably not. As with all training, OSHA requires that GHS training must be presented in a "manner and language" that your employees can understand. For example, John speaks spanish as his first language and occasionally needs another spanish speaking employee to translate instructions when the job is complex. Given this fact, John must receive the training in spanish. GHS is a fairly complex topic and John is unlikely to fully understand the information if given in English.

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Training Format Comparison Chart

Price DVD Kit
Online Training
In-Person Training
  • DVD cost effectively trains and retrains an unlimited amount of employees.
  • No trainer required, just pop in and play.
  • Video content keeps trainees engaged.
  • Very convenient, multiple employees don’t need to be pulled off the floor at once for a training session.
  • Includes both video content and an interactive quiz element to keep workers engaged.
  • More engaging than traditional training formats.
  • Can be customized to fit a companies specific work environment and equipment.
  • The only training option that can cover the "hands on" and "evaluation" portions of the training in addition to the "classroom" portion of the training.
  • Can be difficult to pull multiple workers off the floor at once to watch the video.
  • The DVD can get lost or scratched.
  • DVD can only train workers at a single location.
  • Due to the per person pricing format, it’s expensive for large companies that need to train hundreds or thousands of employees.
  • By far the most expensive training medium.
  • Administering refresher training as well as initial training for new employees can be a logistical nightmare.

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