In practical use the ldquoright to knowrdquo in HazCom has meant giving workers access to information We label chemicals and provide MSDS but that doesnrsquot mean workers understand them

In practical use, the “right to know” in HazCom has meant giving workers access to information. We label chemicals and provide MSDS, but that doesn’t mean workers understand them.

Online Exclusive: Right to Know vs. Right to Understand: Is OSHA Changing Its Standards on Training?

Some 43 million American workers need to be trained by Dec. 15 on the new update to the OSHA HazCom standard called the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).

When OSHA announced the update to the HazCom standard, agency officials trumpeted that, “The Hazard Communication Standard in 1983 gave the workers the ‘right to know,' but the new Globally Harmonized System gives workers the ‘right to understand.’” It is worth taking a close look to see what that means, especially when it comes to training.

Let’s start with definitions. In most dictionaries “know” and “understand” mean j

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