OSHA GHS Hazard Communication Certification

Required by Federal Law under 29 CFR 1910.1200 and GHS Standard

OSHA GHS Hazard Communication Certification

Required by Federal Law under 29 CFR 1910.1200 and GHS Standard

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard is in place to protect staff from the effects of hazardous chemicals they may be exposed to in the workplace. The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This online HazCom certification program fulfills the requirements needed to maintain OSHA compliance. 

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At your own pace.

After you register, login at your convenience to study the material on any device. When you feel comfortable with the material, you can then take the HazCom certification exam. Take it as many times as you’d like until achieving a passing score.

The material was easy to understand and interactive. Support staff was friendly and answered all of my questions. Would recommend to others.

Chuck D.

Employee - CT Construction


Toyota’s number one priority is safety. Managing a manufacturing campus of 10,000 employees, OSHA compliance is something we take very seriously. Hazard Communication is paramount, therefore we mandate staff to be certified.

Kevin E.

Safety Manager - Toyota

The HazCom Foundation

The Hazard Communication Foundation was established to serve the large percentage of workplaces across the United States who utilize Hazardous Chemicals. It’s not an easy task to understand the labeling requirements and the information required to provide employees about the hazards these chemicals present. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Certification training program is in place to protect staff from the effects of hazardous chemicals they may be exposed to in the workplace. The standard was developed to make sure that everyone who works with any hazardous chemical is aware of the hazards and the necessary precautions. This training is provided to help everyone be informed and to make safe decisions while working with hazardous chemicals.

I Am An Organization

This HazCom training course provides an overview of the key issues covered in the Hazard Communication Standard, including the 2012 revision to align with GHS. It provides the information that employees need to know about the labeling of hazardous chemicals in all parts of their product cycle.

Learning Objectives

Key Benefits


The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is an international approach to hazard communication, providing agreed criteria for classification of chemical hazards, and a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets. The GHS was negotiated in a multi-year process by hazard communication experts from many different countries, international organizations, and stakeholder groups. It is based on major existing systems around the world, including OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard and the chemical classification and labeling systems of other US agencies.

The three major areas of change are in hazard classification, labels, and safety data sheets.

  • Hazard classification: The definitions of hazard have been changed to provide specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures. These specific criteria will help to ensure that evaluations of hazardous effects are consistent across manufacturers, and that labels and safety data sheets are more accurate as a result.
  • Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
  • Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format.

Workers who are exposed to hazardous chemicals at the workplace, as well as workers involved in the shipment, importation, and manufacture of hazardous materials.

Yes, you take take the training at your own pace. You can also take as long as you need to pass the HazCom certification final exam, and once you register can take it on whichever day is most convenient. Furthermore, you can also take as many tries as necessary for you to pass the exam.

Employers are legally required to provide an awareness training to workers when first beginning a job that entails possible exposure to hazardous chemicals. Additionally, anytime a new potential hazard is present employers need to provide additional awareness training. 

This certification is nationally recognized and valid for 2 years. Your employer is responsible for providing awareness training during your initial onboarding and when any new hazardous chemicals are introduced into the workplace. 

For more information, contact your local or Regional OSHA office (listed in the telephone directory under United States Government – Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration). OSHA also has a Home Page on the Internet.