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How GHS Safety Data Sheets Help with Employee Safety At Workplaces

More than sixty-five countries have started using the UN Globally unified System of Classifying and labeling chemicals. In the past, there were discrepancies when it came to issues related to classifying and specifying chemicals in many nations. The UN GHS has come up with guidelines that have unified and improved the safety measures of people handling chemicals and have also reduced the release of chemicals to the environment to conserve it.

In 2012, GHS standards were adopted in the United States, and OSHA did other amendments in preceding years. The changes encompass updating the current MSDS to GHS safety data sheets and add new labels in regards to the UN GHS standards.

The new safety data sheets consists of sixteen parts arranged logically. The freshly introduced labels have texts and pictograms that are not intricate and give all the info at a 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. Each section is carefully laid out and finding particular information is quick and straightforward. All employees are taught how to interact with chemicals and stay safe all through.

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 current SDS, chemicals have been regrouped according to their hazard levels, and it can be challenging to make an accurate decision about the category in which a certain chemical belongs.

The process becomes even harder if the formulation has different types of chemicals. Penalties can be imposed on an importer, distributor, manufacturer, and exporter who fails to comply with GHS Safety Data Sheets.

The process of updating to the current SDS has to be prompt and accurate too. To make the process fast, companies should involve an SDS authoring service provider. Professionals in their panel who have knowledge in Hazcom and UN’s specific revisions are the ideal parties who should take the initiative to prepare both the datasheets and the safety labels. This can be achieved by conversion of 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.

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