OSHA Safety Regulations Demand Hazmat Training

 - July 29, 2013, 2:15 PM
Thousands of flight-department employees, such as aircraft maintenance technicians, will be required to take U.S. government-mandated hazmat training to help them identify and protect themselves against potentially hazardous materials.

Thousands of flight department employees, such as aircraft maintenance technicians, will be required by December 1 to take U.S. government-mandated hazardous material (hazmat) training to help them identify and protect themselves against potentially hazardous materials and situations.

The new OSHA regulations are designed to align U.S. practices with the United Nations’ globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals. In the universal system, for example, a signal word–such as “Danger” for more severe hazards, or “Warning” for less severe threats–is used on labels, along with a variety of pictograms and hazard statements describing the nature of the hazards. Labeling of hazardous materials must also include first-aid measures to cope with a spill should one occur, as well as contact information for the chemical’s manufacturer.