The Global Harmonized System - GHS - will soon become law in the US and around the globe. OSHA standards will change significantly as new hazard classes are added, standardized labels are introduced, and expanded Safety Data Sheets replace the former MSDS for all chemicals. With the implementation goal of June 2015 just around the corner, employers using hazardous substances should already be preparing the workplace and training employees on GHS standards for communicating and understanding hazard information. SafetySync has recently added a five-lesson course on the GHS and its impact on chemical suppliers, employers and workers; now open and available for all clients. Learn about the new pictograms, new hazard classes, labeling format and requirements and the expanded Safety Data Sheets (SDS) which will be mandatory once the GHS is in force. The online course includes a graded quiz at the end of each lesson, linked to great tools for measuring, recording and rewarding employees who complete the course. Start preparing your workforce for the GHS now, with online training from SafetySync. 

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How can you be sure that you're doing a job as safely as possible? What about your employees? Are you creating a structured Job Hazard Analysis code, or a Safe Work Procedures manual in the workplace? How do you choose between these two superior models of safety code development?  Whatever the choice, the key to success is training. The highest standard of training produces the best workplace safety record. The tools you choose to develop and document safe practices in the workplace, whether a JHA or SWP mean little without the training to implement them into a successful and lasting safety culture.

No matter how a hazard management system is designed and built, the overall safety of a workplace is mainly the result of diligent compliance strategies and applied worker training programs. Each individual in a workforce has a unique safety profile; with a detailed timeline of orientations, courses, certificates and compliance. Tracking and managing this information along with the logistics of actual training sessions is a challenging task, regardless of the choice of company guidelines. Whatever the platform, whether JHA or SWP, it's how the training component is managed that yields and tracks measurable results. Job Hazard Analysis and Safe Work Procedures are two similar tools for risk assessment and reduction. Training employees to use the them effectively, and managing their progress, is a separate and more complex challenge than the actual systems.

The emergence of complete online systems offering everything from courses and quizzes to full adminstrative control over compliance and records has eased the training burden for companies of all sizes in need of safety management solutions. Visit to discover the ease and effectiveness of an affordable safety management tool. Integrate any work policy into your own system design, and watch your workforce succeed.

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It's never too early to prepare for high water conditions. The pain and destruction inflicted by a flood can be devastating. Learn how to safely flood-proof your home and community in this 4 lesson SafetySync course, featuring presentations by the extension service at North Dakota State University. Great for town hall meetings or group safety sessions, the course covers drain plugs, sump pumps, portable generators, sand bagging and the power of flood waters to challenge health and safety. Sign up for no cost today and start preparing for flood season now.


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