IMDG 1 day General Awareness – Durban 17 March 2020 and Gauteng 21 March 2020
GHS 1day Introduction – Durban 18 October 2020 and Gauteng 1 April 2020
GHS 2 day Advanced – Durban 19 & 20 March 2020 and Gauteng 2 & 3 April 2020

RPMASA offers training courses for Chemical Awareness, Dangerous Goods Regulations, Risk Assessment and Response as well as for Packaging and the GHS. The GHS is relatively new in the world having only been introduced at UN level in 2003.

It is now taken into regulations by most regions of the developed world and many of the developing countries. SA has regulations pending under the Dept Labour and Health but GHS Classification is now being harmonised with transport and in some instances impacting on the Class and packagings that can be used!

GHS Introduction Course is aimed at Managers and Supervisors responsible for personnel who work with chemicals and to ensure they understand the product labels and contents of the SDS in order to work safely.

The course helps demystify the confusion surrounding implementation of the GHS both in South Africa and internationally. It is recommended to give a solid background understanding to representatives from industry and government, particularly management, supervisors from Operations, Factory and Logistics who have OHS Act responsibilities for their people, Technical, SHEQ, Risk, Marketing, HR and Communications.

Training is facilitated by Liz Anderson, who represents RPMASA on the UN Committee of Experts for the transport of dangerous goods and the GHS. The course uses Liz’s introduction with an overview plus the local and global regulatory scene.

  • What is its purpose?
  • Is it best practice or a legal requirement?
  • Who and what sectors does it impact on – is it for industry and/or retail?
  • What impact does it have on transport placards and labeling?
  • How does it differ from transport classification and how do I start GHS classification?
  • Global implementation + SA and SADC position

The Advanced GHS Course is for Technical and SHERQ Personnel who need to understand the criteria and methodology for GHS Classification and are responsible to classify their products (and waste), produce GHS Compliant SDS and product labels.

Delegate Comments

Refraline Group of Companies – “I found this course to add immense value to our current process of SDS and label update. Liz is not only an expert in this field, but can explain the technical jargon regarding the GHS with simplicity. I left the course with a far better understanding and it has made the process of updating far easier. Liz is always available to help and maintain communication with delegates regarding changes after the courses are complete. I would recommend the courses to all companies required to undergo this process.” – Jacques Krog Group SHEQ Specialist

Engen Oil – “Very valuable, world renowned.” – Mac Sewruttan

Clariant Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd – “I found “change your formulation” and the cut off table to be very valuable. Course is scientific and logical. Transport is the lead agency clears a lot of disagreement.” – John Morrison

Kapa Biosystems (Pty) Ltd – “In August 2015, 11 Scientists from QA, R&D, Process Development and Manufacturing were trained at Kapa Biosystems on classifying components and creating Safety Data sheets and GHS compliant labels. Classification can now be a consideration during design of products as the team is able to perform classification and generate REACH compliant SDSs independently of external suppliers. With an understanding of GHS compliance, Kapa Biosystems can ensure that products are accepted into all export markets without any delays or concerns from regulatory bodies.” – Luan Webber, Quality Assurance Manager