ROSEMONT, Ill. — In preparation for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) recently revised Hazard Communication System (HCS), the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has released NRCA's Hazard Communication Program: Know the Signs. This is a comprehensive program designed to help roofing contractors train their employees on the new HCS and enable them to comply with OSHA's requirements for managing and communicating to workers all aspects of hazardous chemicals they may use and encounter on the job.

The new HCS makes OSHA regulations consistent with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), a way to globally convey hazard information by requiring the use of simplified warning labels and graphics, and provide a consistent safety data sheet (SDS) format for all products containing chemicals that pose a physical or health hazard.

OSHA requires that all workers in all industries be trained on revised aspects of GHS by Dec. 1.

NRCA's Hazard Communication Program: Know the Signs offers a complete compliance program that will assist roofing contractors in providing the training required by OSHA for the new HCS, including a DVD with video content in English and Spanish; an instructors guide and student manual; a PowerPoint presentation for use in facilitating training sessions; written examination to assess worker comprehension of the HCS worker rules; a sample hazard communication program; a chemical inventory list template; and SDS request letter for use in developing a company program.

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