How GHS Safety Data Sheets Can Help In the Compliance and Safety of Employees in their Work Areas
GHS has a necessary feature that are intended to provide information that are comprehensive about a substance or mixture that will be used in workplace chemical management, and these are called safety data sheets. GHS is an acronym for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, and the system would serve to harmonize worldwide the hazard classification criteria and chemical hazard communication elements.
If any chemical or formulation is concluded to be harmful, the GHS SDS must be prepared according to the various classes. When the cut off value of the chemical matches with any of the hazard classes, the producer, dealer, importer or exporter must make the GHS safety data sheets.
Countries across the globe are adopting the GHS that the United Nations have recommended with the aim of achieving many objectives.
The health of employees who are involved in the chain of processing, storage, handling and transportation of chemicals are protected through the GHS, and this is one important objective of the system. Safeguarding the environment is another objective of the GHS. This is through a unified system of classification that properly identifies chemicals and their levels of hazards, thereby facilitating trade across countries and borders.
The development of the GHS safety data sheets will aim to address disparities and bring about uniformity among countries which do not have a system of classification in place and of those that have different methods of classifications.
Because of the intrinsic hazardous property of a chemical, the classification process is aimed to consider how it would impact with air, water, and other chemicals once mixed, plus its impact when released into the environment.
GHS had underwent several revisions and either a country will accept it or present its own norms. Employees are to undergo training in the use and interpretation of the SDS, and how to follow the right process where chemical handling is concern, and this a key component of the system.
The implementation of the system is the next component of the system which is strictly recommended. To cite an example, it is the duty of an importer distributor to ensure that the GHS labels remain intact on containers of chemicals if they simply receive these containers with the labels already.
Distributors and manufacturers of chemicals must be updated with changes of the data where GHS is based on, especially when new data would come out to supersede the old data basis of GHS.
In order to bring about the uniformity in the categorization and classification of chemicals, experts are needed to prepare the GHS SDS to maintain its purpose.