How Work Places Are Made Secure By Using GHS Safety Data Sheets
Many countries in the globe have begun using UN globally certified labeling and classifying chemicals. In the past, there were discrepancies when it came to issues related to classifying and specifying chemicals in many nations. This is the reason behind the UN GHS taking the initiative of coming up with policies and reducing the negative effect of chemicals on the environment.
The US adopted these GHS guidelines in 2012 whereas OSHA made other modifications in later years. Some of the changes made involved an update of MSDS to GHS data sheets on safety and improving the standards.
The new safety data sheets consists of sixteen parts arranged logically. The labels that have been introduced have text and pictograms that are not complex and provide all information at a single glance. One of the good things about this safety data sheet is that it is similar to all others worldly. Regardless of where employees are located in the world, whether it is Europe, China or the US, they benefit from having the same SDS that they are familiar with and one that has all the information they need at their disposal. Every section are well laid out and getting specific info is not an arduous task. Whether employees are involved in processing or transporting chemicals, they are trained and equipped with skills to maintain high records of safety at workplaces.
Moving from MSDS to SDS is not as easy as it sounds especially for companies who have thousands of chemical products in their list. Under the new SDS, Chemicals have been categorized to the extent to which they are hazardous, and it is not easy to make a precise decision about the category in which a specific chemical belongs.
This process is more complicated if the formulation has different types of chemicals in it. Penalties can be imposed on an importer, distributor, manufacturer, and exporter who fails to comply with GHS Safety Data Sheets.
The procedure of transitioning to the new SDS has to be fast and accurate as well. An SDS authoring service provider who is an expert in the field is the right person to complete the task fast. Professionals in their panel who have knowledge in Hazcom and UN’s specific revisions prepare the data sheets as well as the safety labels. This is enabled by shifting from printed documentation to electronic format.
The data stored electronically should be accessed from a central database or on the personal devices of the staff as that way it will be easier and prompt to respond to any emergency issues. To take emergency measures and to read SDS, electronic documentation is required.