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. There were issues in matters to do with chemical specification and classification in many countries globally. 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. 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 labels that have been introduced have text and pictograms that are not complex and provide all information at a single glance. The significant advantage of using the standard safety data sheet is that it is the same all over the world. No matter where you are in the world, you will benefit from using the identical SDS that you know and you will have all the info you need. All parts are laid out nicely and getting information is fast and easy. Whether employees are involved in processing or transporting chemicals, they are trained and equipped with skills to maintain high records of safety at workplaces.
Transitioning from MSDS to SDS is easier said than done more so for the companies that have hundreds of products in their product 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 procedure of updating to the new SDS should not be slow; instead it should be quick and accurate. 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 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.