The UN has recommended to nations in the world the GHS Globally Harmonized System to classify and label chemicals so that they can achieve more objectives.
When processing, storing, handling and transporting chemicals can be harmful to workers and this is the first step of protecting the worker’s health. Safeguarding the environment is also another objective. A combined classification system will enable trade transversing borders to identify chemicals and the hazardous levels. Around the world we had those nations that already had a system of classification and on the other hand there were those nations that had a variety of classifications and labeling which would confuse them even further.
The GHS safety data sheets were developed with an aim of addressing any anomalies and ensure there is some leveled ground and still keep ensure the protection does not go down. The process of classification considers the hazardous properties of different chemicals and air, water and some chemicals reactivity and other chemicals and their impact when it comes into contact with the environment. The preparation of GHS safety data sheets was done in a way that concerned people can refer to chain processing, transportation, storage and the end users.
With time there have been several revisions on GHS and this saw countries not fully accepting all of them. One trait of safety data sheets is that hazard disclosure should be made fully with no compromise on confidential data of original preparations.
One main feature is the arming your employees with the knowledge on how to use SDS and the important procedures relevant to the chemicals that they are coming into contact with and this training should have the interpretation of safety data sheets and safety labels.
During recommendations there is implementation.
Provision of GHS labels is paramount especially when importers are receiving containers. Ensure that the label is not tampered with. Manufacturers normally receive sealed containers and later opens them and here it he is expected to keep the safety data sheet and ensure they hand over to those who will be handling chemicals. What this means is that the application of hazard communication is also in the label and it is also different and also depends on the product classification. The GHS do not rely fully on uniform tests instead they carry out tests which are also recognized globally and it accepted by companies others in relations to hazardous environment.
GHS is very vital when it comes to uniformity where there is an issue in the categorization and classification of chemicals though it is widely harder with anomalies and exceptions. An expert is needed to help in the preparation of GHS SDS and other labels which comply fully and also take precautions on proprietary formulas so that exceptions and anomalies can be observed.