TDI-DWC Hosts Educational Sessions on Changes to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard

                               

Austin, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC) is hosting educational sessions entitled Changes to Hazard Communication Labeling and Safety Data Sheet Format at its field offices around the state in September, October and November. This training will assist employers in complying with training requirements associated with recent changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard, which now aligns with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Employers subject to the federal Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act must provide training to employees on the new label elements and safety data sheet format by December 1, 2013. OSHA estimates over five million workplaces and 43 million employees are going to be affected by the revised Hazard Communication Standard.

The educational sessions are for all Texas workers' compensation participants, including: employers, employees, employee organizations, risk managers, safety professionals, insurance carriers, health care providers and attorneys. The free sessions will provide information on the labeling and safety data sheet format changes to the Hazard Communication Standard, 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.1200 (also known as the “Right to Know” law), which requires manufacturers of chemicals, employers and employees to take measures to prevent illness or injury that could occur when working with hazardous materials. Employers not subject to the OSH Act must comply with the Texas Hazard Communication Act, Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 502, which references the most current requirements of the OSHA standard.

To register online and for more details on the following educational sessions, visit the TDI-DWC Events and Training Calendar on the TDI website at http://www.tdi.texas.gov/alert/event/dwceducational.html.

Training Dates and Cities
DatesCities
Abilene November 12, 2013
Amarillo September 19, 2013
Austin October 17, 2013
Beaumont November 15, 2013
Corpus Christi October 17, 2013
Dallas October 10, 2013
Denton October 17, 2013
El Paso September 17, 2013
Fort Worth November 15, 2013
Houston* November 7, 2013
Laredo November 1, 2013
Lubbock November 15, 2013
Lufkin November 12, 2013
Midland October 10, 2013
San Angelo November 14, 2013
San Antonio October 24, 2013
Tyler September 12, 2013
Waco November 21, 2013
Weslaco October 31, 2013
Wichita Falls November 14, 2013


*The Houston Educational Session on November 7, 2013, is hosted jointly by the TDI-DWC Houston East and Houston West Offices.

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