General Aspects to Know about GHS Safety Data Sheets
There are comprehensive information about a substance or mixture to be used in workplace management, and these are compiled in the essential component of GHS 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. The dealer, producer, importer or exporter is required to prepare the GHS safety data sheets as soon as the chemical would match a hazard classification based on the cut off value.
In order to achieve many objectives, the United Nations have recommended the GHS to nations across the globe for adaptation.
An important objective of GHS is to protect the health of workers involving in the chain of processing, storage, handling and transportation of chemicals. Safeguarding the environment is another objective of the GHS. Through a system of classification that is unified, trading across borders is facilitated, and there is a proper identification of chemicals and their potential hazards levels.
It is a fact that some countries did not have a system of classification in place and other countries do have various kinds of classification, and so to create uniformity and address these differences, the aim of the GHS safety data sheets is to serve this purpose.
The basis of classification process would consider the intrinsic hazardous element of a single chemical and its formulation, and how it would impact with air, water and other chemicals once there is a reaction and when released to the environment.
For several years, GHS had undergone many revisions that countries may accept aside from introducing their own. An important feature of the system is to train employees in the use and interpretation of SDS and the appropriate handling of the chemicals.
Next feature in the system are the recommendations on how to implement it. 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.
When a new data is developed that would change the system of classification, the available data that GHS is based is updated and distributors and producers of chemicals must keep themselves updated with these changes.
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.