The main objective of this session is to teach you about hazard communication. By the time the session is over, you should be able to recognize hazardous chemicals, understand the risks they pose, interpret the information on chemical labels, understand safety data sheets (SDSs), protect yourself from physical and health hazards, and respond to emergencies.
Why “Hazard Communication: GHS and Your Right to Know on Campus” Matters:
- 43 million workers are potentially exposed annually to hazardous chemicals.
- There are an estimated 880,000 hazardous chemicals in use in the United States.
- An estimated 50,000 injuries and illnesses occur from exposure to hazardous chemicals each year.
- While it’s difficult to put a number on it, chronic illness and fatalities resulting from hazardous chemical exposure are too often the outcomes of chemical exposure at work.
- Most tragically, 125 workers are killed every year after exposure to hazardous chemicals.
- These numbers show why preventing exposure to hazardous chemicals is so important! Do your part to learn how you can stay safe. You can start by paying close attention during this training session.
- Hazard Communication makes you safer.
- The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) provides standardized safety and health information.
- Chemicals can present several types of hazards, including physical and health.
- Labels and SDSs provide information on specific chemicals.
- Use of appropriate personal protection measures helps to reduce injury and illness risk.