Changes to the Hazard Communication Standards (HCS) are bringing the United States into alignment with the Global Harmonization System (GHS). The new standard covers 43 million workers who handle hazardous chemicals in more than five million workplaces across the country. Forecasts predict that the implementation of these modifications to the HCS will prevent over 500 workplace injuries and illnesses, and 43 fatalities annually. This study, compiled through a collection and analysis of data provided by trainees who participated in the 2012 OSHA Susan Harwood training at the Rutgers School of Public Health, seeks to identify challenges and the effectiveness of this initiative. Survey data was obtained from a 21 question on-line survey 6-18 months post-training. In general, participants experienced several reoccurring challenges, including logistical difficulties of initiating a new and comprehensive training for all workers to the GHS changes, implementing GHS changes into their respective workplaces and receiving adequate management support and resources to initiate GHS efforts.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Health and Safety