Society for Chemical Hazard Communication

 Professional Development Training


U.S. Hazard Communication for Workplace Chemical Products (HCS 2012)
Overview of Requirements and Practical Examples in SDS and Label Preparation

PDF Brochure — Next Course Offering: Fall 2016

September 25-26, 2016
Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel - Arlington, Virginia

Course Description

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) has been in effect for over 25 years, and in this interval perhaps millions of Safety Data Sheets and precautionary labels have been written. During this time, there has been a continual influx of professionals who have been charged with the responsibility of authoring these safety documents. This 2-day course offers those newly appointed this task an opportunity to learn the regulatory and voluntary consensus requirements for preparing and distributing these documents, and to receive hands-on training in writing them.

In March, 2012 OSHA issued a final rule that updated the HCS. This standard is referred to as HCS 2012, and brings the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This workshop has been completely revised to conform to HCS 2012, and will permit students to understand and start to produce hazard communication documents in line with the current standard.

It also uses ANSI Standard Z400.1/Z129.1-2010 to cover certain hazard communication elements that are not included in either HCS 2012 or GHS. Real-life situations, such as competing regulatory requirements, will be addressed. A distinguishing feature of this course is its use of hand-on exercises, providing reinforcement of the material presented.

Course Objective

This course teaches the students to answer the following questions:

  • Is this chemical or product hazardous?
  • If yes, what must I do?
  • Are there other standards I should follow?
  • How do I prepare an SDS?
  • How do I prepare a label?

Intended Audience

This course is primarily designed to lead neophytes through the process of developing quality container labels and SDSs that comply with OSHA’s HCS 2012. It will also be valuable for those who have developed expertise in this field but who desire systematic training in the requirements of this revised regulation.

Course Director/Instructor

Daniel Levine, CHMM

Dan is president of Product Safety Solutions, a consulting firm providing services in product hazard communication, product stewardship, TSCA compliance and several other regulatory areas affecting both manufacturing activities and finished products. He has provided hazard communication training and assistance to companies ranging from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to starting Product Safety Solutions, he was Director of Product Safety and Integrity for AlliedSignal Inc. (now Honeywell International) and has over 40 years of experience in manufacturing and product safety.   He is a past President of the Society and served on the SCHC board for nine years and now chairs the website committee. He was co-chairman of the team that produced the original ANSI SDS standard, co-chair of the 1994 revision to the ANSI labeling standard and chaired the 1998 revision to the ANSI SDS standard. He received SCHC’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2003.  Dan is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and was elected a “Fellow” of the Institute for Hazardous Materials Management in 2010.

Course Instructor


Mark S. Cohen

A 30 year environmental, health and safety professional, having held a variety of positions in Research and Development, New Product Development, Sales and Marketing; Mark is a recognized expert in the fields of hazard communication and chemical regulatory management. As Director of Labeling for NCH Corporation, Mark held primary responsibilities for all US and Canada, I & I and consumer, labels for regulated products, including Drugs / Therapeutics and Pesticides.  As global MSDS system administrator and emergency services coordinator he led the development of corporate labeling and data sheet generation guidelines. Mark has testified in depositions and at trials numerous times and has provided subject matter expertise in answering interrogatories, requests for production, and requests for admissions. Having been an active member of SCHC since 1989, he is a past President of the Society, has served on the Board of Directors for many years, and currently serves as chair of the Nominating Committee. Mark currently provides consulting services in the areas of hazard communication for small and medium chemical manufacturers and distributors.

Course Fee

$850.00 for members
$940.00 for non-members

Course Topics and Schedule (Subject to Change)

Day 1 - Sunday, September 25, 2016


Registration / Continental Breakfast

(includes breaks)

Introductions / Background Information
Review of HCS 2012
What is a hazardous chemical? Health Hazards
Classification – Health Hazards
What is a hazardous chemical? Physical Hazards
Classification – Physical Hazards
Allocation of label elements exercise


Lunch (provided)

(includes a
15 min. break)

SDS Requirements (Sections 1 & 3)
SDS Requirements (Section 2)
SDS Exercise 1 and Discussion
SDS Requirements (Sections 4 - 8)

Day 2 - Monday, September 26, 2016
Continental Breakfast

(includes breaks)

SDS Exercise 2 and Discussion
SDS Sections 9 – 10
SDS Exercise 3 and Discussion
SDS Requirements (Sections 11 - 16)
SDS Exercise 4 and Discussion
Other SDS considerations
12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)
(includes breaks)
Label Background Information
Label Requirements
Label Exercise 1 and Discussion

Label Exercise 2 and Discussion
Other labeling standards and label critiques
Distribution and retention requirements

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