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The Automotive Recyclers Association University (ARAU) urges members to log onto ARAU today to access the 18 safety courses offered to educate automotive recyclers on how to continue to ensure a safe and healthy working environment at their facilities.

These courses advance state of the art practices and directly respond to recent reports from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) highlighting the top ten commonly cited violations of OSHA standards at automotive recycling facilities.

After you and your team have taken these courses, your facility will be better able to avoid OSHA citations on the following standards.

18 Courses


Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

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.

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  • Exercises for workplace-specific training
  • Printable resources for easy reference

Course content includes:

  • Overview of regulations
  • Understanding chemical hazards
  • Pictograms, signal words, hazard/precautionary statements
  • Labels
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Personal protection, emergency actions
  • Rights and responsibilities

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What is the Globally Harmonized System?

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 result of this negotiation process is the United Nations' document entitled "Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals," commonly referred to as The Purple Book. This document provides harmonized classification criteria for health, physical, and environmental hazards of chemicals. It also includes standardized label elements that are assigned to these hazard classes and categories, and provide the appropriate signal words, pictograms, and hazard and precautionary statements to convey the hazards to users. A standardized order of information for safety data sheets is also provided. These recommendations can be used by regulatory authorities such as OSHA to establish mandatory requirements for hazard communication, but do not constitute a model regulation.

What is the phase-in period in the revised Hazard Communication Standard?

The table below summarizes the phase-in dates required under the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS):

Effective Completion Date Requirement(s) Who
December 1, 2013 Train employees on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) format. Employers
June 1, 2015*
December 1, 2015
Compliance with all modified provisions of this final rule, except:
The Distributor shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless it is a GHS label
Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers
June 1, 2016 Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards. Employers
Transition Period to the effective completion dates noted above May comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (the final standard), or the current standard, or both
Why did OSHA decide to modify the Hazard Communication Standard to adopt the GHS?

OSHA has modified the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to adopt the GHS to improve safety and health of workers through more effective communications on chemical hazards. Since it was first promulgated in 1983, the HCS has provided employers and employees extensive information about the chemicals in their workplaces. The original standard is performance-oriented, allowing chemical manufacturers and importers to convey information on labels and material safety data sheets. The GHS provides such a standardized approach, including detailed criteria for determining what hazardous effects a chemical poses, as well as standardized label elements assigned by hazard class and category. This will enhance both employer and worker comprehension of the hazards, which will help to ensure appropriate handling and safe use of workplace chemicals. In addition, the safety data sheet requirements establish an order of information that is standardized. The harmonized format of the safety data sheets will enable employers, workers, health professionals, and emergency responders to access the information more efficiently and effectively, thus increasing their utility.

Adoption of the GHS in the US and around the world will also help to improve information received from other countries—since the US is both a major importer and exporter of chemicals, American workers often see labels and safety data sheets from other countries. The diverse and sometimes conflicting national and international requirements can create confusion among those who seek to use hazard information effectively. For example, labels and safety data sheets may include symbols and hazard statements that are unfamiliar to readers or not well understood. Containers may be labeled with such a large volume of information that important statements are not easily recognized. Given the differences in hazard classification criteria, labels may also be incorrect when used in other countries. If countries around the world adopt the GHS, these problems will be minimized, and chemicals crossing borders will have consistent information, thus improving communication globally.

Airbag Training

Introduction to airbags with a focus on safely handling these unique parts.

Back Safety

The back safety program will train employees how the back responds to pressure, the most common workplace back injuries that can be avoided, risk factors, preventive measures, and proper lifting techniques.

Blood Borne Pathogens

This course promotes awareness of blood borne diseases, provides definitions of blood borne pathogens, modes of transmission, misconceptions, how to recognize exposure situations and the universal precautions required to ensure worker safety.

Electrical Safety

Learn basic safety training precautions for working with or around electricity.

Eye Safety

Employee training to develop a respect for eye protection and understanding the life-long consequences from not using adequate eye protection. This course covers the anatomy of the eye, hazard recognition, five most common hazards, and the proper selection use and care of eye protection.

Fire Safety

This course covers the common causes of work place fires, how to operate fire extinguishers, how to identify fire sources, and basic fire preventative measures.

Forklift Safety

Develop employee awareness and respect for the hazards associated with operating a forklift. Introduction to lift trucks and how they work, pre-operation inspections, proper load handling, safe driving skills, and refueling & battery charging procedures.

Hazard Communication

Training employees how to recognize and respect the hazards associated with chemicals and their usage.

Hearing Safety

Employee training to recognize when hearing protection is needed and proper safety practices when using it.

Hoists & Slings

This is comprehensive training on the proper use and care for Hoists and Slings. Types of hoists featured include hand operated, electric wire rope, electric chain and vacuum powered.

Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

This program covers the Occupational Safety and Health Act, how standards are developed, the General Duty Clause and employer responsibilities, and employee rights, recordkeeping and inspections.

Lockout/Tag Out

Training on the importance of lockout/tag out procedures for shutting down and restoring equipment or service.

Machine Guarding

Full range of machine guards training, using them properly and their maintenance.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This training includes understanding PPE and includes gloves, hard hats, and eyes, hearing, foot and bodywear.

PPE Eye and Face

Training on the protective safety procedures of the eyes and face in the workplace.

PPE Head Protection

Training on the protective safety procedures of the head in the workplace.

Rough Terrain Forklift Training

Training on forklift operation for the required certification and written test.

ARA University has a fast growing course catalog that is focused on keeping up with the rapid changes in our industry. Courses are offered to provide you with the training that you need in the areas of processes, safety, sales and management.

Check out the current courses and watch for more to be added!

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