Healthcare GHS Hazard Communication
(Workers Right to Know)

This global harmonized system training course covers the requirements of OSHA's GHS Hazard Communication Standard specifically targeted to healthcare workers.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Hazard Communication for Healthcare Workers
  • Chemical Hazards
  • Written Hazard Communication Program
  • Blood-borne Pathogens
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)

Course Description

This global harmonized system training course covers the requirements of OSHA‘s GHS Hazard Communication Standard (also known as Workers Right To Know) specifically targeted to healthcare workers, which requires the development and dissemination of information about the identities and hazards of chemicals used in the workplace, specifically within the healthcare industry.

This course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

Healthcare GHS Hazard Communication Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to Hazard Communication for Healthcare Workers

  • Background Information about the Standard
  • Major Changes to the Standard
  • Importance of the Standard
  • Key Terms
  • Employer and Employee Responsibilities
  • Employee Training

Chemical Hazards

  • Routes of Entry
  • Recognition of Health Hazards
  • Health Effects of Chemical Hazards
  • Chemical Agents and Their Health Effects

Written Hazard Communication Program

  • Additional Requirements of the Written Hazard Communication Program
  • Hazard Inventory
  • Hazard Classification
  • Health Hazard Classes
  • Labels
  • HMIS and NFPA Labeling Systems
  • HMIS Labeling System
  • NFPA Labeling System
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Exposure Controls: Elimination and Substitution
  • Exposure Controls: Engineering and Work Practice Controls
  • Exposure Controls: Personal Protective Equipment

Blood-borne Pathogens

  • Hepatitis Viruses
  • Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)
  • Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)
  • HIV and AIDS
  • OSHA’s Blood-borne Pathogens Standard
  • Requirements of the Blood-borne Pathogens Standard
  • Exposure Control Plan
  • Sharps Injury Log
  • Engineering and Work Practice Controls
  • Needleless Systems and Engineered Sharp Protection
  • General Safety Practices

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)

  • Emergency Planning and Emergency Release Notification
  • Annual Inventory
  • Toxics Release Inventory
  • EPCRA Inspections


Additional Resources


Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

Every person at a healthcare facility has a responsibility to ensure that health and safety standards are being observed at all times. Compliance with the Standard should be an ongoing effort at hospitals and other healthcare facilities, and both employers and employees must actively participate to ensure the success of any hazard communication program in place.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

Employers are responsible for establishing a training and information program for new employees, for employees who have been assigned new tasks that put them at risk of exposure to hazardous chemicals, and whenever a new hazard is introduced into employees’ work areas. Employees are responsible for observing the provisions of the Standard and their site-specific hazard communication program, and they are responsible for practicing work habits that encourage responsibility and accountability.

What are the governing regulations?

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard provides a framework to ensure that information about protective measures is disseminated to employers and employees. Healthcare employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplace are required to have a hazard communication program that includes SDS, employee training, and the labeling of containers of hazardous substances. The requirements of the Standard can be found in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 1910.1200.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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