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The Revised Hazard Communication Standard

The updated Hazard Communication Standard incorporates the format of the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The new HazCom Standard now requires specific defined Safety Data Sheet (SDS) formats and labels that incorporate universally understood pictograms, as well as standardized signal words and precautionary statements.

The former hazard communication program required a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each hazardous material. With the update, this has changed and so have the training requirements. Before, employees had the 'right to know' the potential hazards found in the workplace. Now, the revised hazard communication standard stresses employees' 'right to understand' these potential hazards.

Suncoast Safety Council offers two distinct trainings to ensure your workplace is in compliance by the December 1, 2013 deadline. Trainings are conducted for managers and supervisors giving them the ability to train their own employees, as well as a general compliance training that will only cover the basic updates to the Hazard Communication Standard.

Hazard Communication - GHS Train-the-Trainer

Member Price: $100 | Non-Member Price: $125    
For more information, please call (727) 442-5121 or e-mail

Suncoast Safety Council is offering an in-depth 6-hour safety training to help supervisors, managers and safety personnel understand what is required to get into compliance with the revised standard and teach their employees how to understand the new Safety Data Sheet and labels. From this course supervisors will have the materials and knowledge necessary to train their own employees on the updates to the Hazard Communication Standard.

The class will cover:

  • The basics of HazCom - rules, regulations and requirements.
  • The essentials of the Revised Standard and what it takes to be in compliance.
  • How to effectively train your employees and maintain a workable HazCom program.


GHS Basic Compliance Training

Member Price: $35 | Non-Member Price: $45    
To request a class, please call
(727) 442-5121 or e-mail

Suncoast Safety Council is offering a basic-level 2-hour safety training to help businesses ensure their staff is in compliance with the revised HazCom standard. This class satisfies OSHA's December 1, 2013 training requirement for the newly revised Hazard Communication Standard.

The class will cover:

  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Product Identifiers
  • Signal Words
  • Precautionary Statements
  • Pictograms
  • Hazard Statements


Included with each training are resources to take back to the workplace that will assist with an effective and compliant HazCom program.

  • Each trainee will receive a certificate of compliance
  • Train here or at your workplace - contact us for on-site* training requests
  • Each training is only offered in English

Effective Dates:

The table below summarizes the phase-in dates required under the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS):

Effective Completion Date Requirement(s) Who
December 1, 2013 Train employees on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) format. Employers

June 1, 2015


December 1, 2015

Compliance with all modified provisions of this final rule, except:

The Distributor shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless it is a GHS label.

Chemical manufactures, importers, distributors and employers
June 1, 2016 Upon alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards. Employers
Transition Period to the effective completion dates noted above May comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (the final standard), or the current standard, or both. Chemical manufactures, importers, distributors and employers


The Hazard Communication - GHS classes can also be taught on-site at your facility. We service the Tampa Bay, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, New Port Richey and Bradenton areas. Please contact us for more information. *An on-site fee may apply.

For additional information, call (727) 442-5121 or e-mail us

Areas in Florida we Service Include:

Pinellas County: Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Largo, Belleair, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach, Oldsmar, Pinellas Park, Seminole, Tarpon Springs, Treasure Island

Hillsborough County: Tampa, Brandon, Carrollwood Village, Lutz, Apollo  Beach, Plant City, Valrico, Wimauma, Ybor City, Town N Country, Westshore Area, Citrus Park, Keystone, New Tampa, Riverview, Ruskin, Seffner, Sun City Center, Temple Terrace, Thonotosassa

Pasco County: Holiday, Hudson, Zephyrhills, Dade City, Land O' Lakes, New Port Richey, Odessa, Port Richey, Hudson, Elfers

Manatee County: Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key, Palmetto, Lakewood Ranch, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Palmetto, Lakewood Ranch 

Sarasota County: Sarasota, North Port, Venice, Longboat Key

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