The first compliance deadline for the new Hazard Communication Standard is fast approaching. All employers are required to have all employees trained on the new label requirements and the safety data sheet (SDS) format by December 1, 2013. I know many employers feel that this is not a significant task and are planning to do some cursory educational sessions for their employees with regard to hazard communication. OSHA has some distinct ideas as to what they expect the training you provide your employees to include. OSHA has issued an OSHA fact sheet which can be downloaded off the OSHA website which indicates the specifics of the required training that must be completed by December 1, 2013. Other requirements of the new Hazard Communication Standard are also out there and other due dates will be occurring between December 1, 2013 and June 1, 2016. But, for now, let’s think about training.