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CAIA offers training in Globally Harmonized System

2016-06-15 09:06
The objective of the Globally Harmonized System is to create consistency when providing information on safety, health and environmental matters for hazardous substances. In the transport arena, this is especially important in the event of an accident where the particular substance has to be easily identified to enable the clean-up crew to carry out the correct procedures without harming themselves.

To all those operating in the Dangerous Goods arena, there is still time to register for the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association’s (CAIA) one-day training course on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) – Labelling of Hazardous Substances being held in Durban on July 20th.

CAIA is a member of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), the worldwide voice of the chemical industry, representing chemical manufacturers and producers all over the world and is recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). These international alliances allow the Association to source best practice in training, information, advocacy and legislative compliance.

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a system that requires all companies to follow the same rules and principles when classifying and labelling hazardous chemicals. When a chemical is classified as hazardous, there are specific requirements to follow when transporting, storing and handling the chemical.

The GHS label provides basic safety, health and environmental information of the hazardous chemical including recommendations on protective measures and emergency actions. It serves as a hazard communication tool and assists with transferring essential hazard information from the supplier of a hazardous chemical to the user of the chemical.

The objective of the GHS is to create consistency when providing information on safety, health and environmental matters for hazardous chemicals. In order to establish uniformity, specific requirements have been laid down as to how information on the hazardous chemical label shall be given.

No specific pre-requisites are required for this training but delegates should have a Senior Certificate (Grade 12) and be familiar with handling and storage of chemicals and related safety, health and environmental requirements.

The training is aimed at SHEQ managers and risk professionals; technical and logistics personnel; supervisors and other personnel who handle and classify chemicals and personnel who need to implement GHS.

The cost of the training is R2 200.00 (excluding VAT) for CAIA members and R2 750.00 (excluding VAT) for non-CAIA members. For more information, email Brianna Goosen on rcare@caia.co.za or call +27(0) 11 482-1671)

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