Many countries around the world are embracing what the United Nations suggested, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of labeling and categorizing of chemicals with the intent to accomplish several aims.
One aim is to provide health protection of the employees who are exposed to risky processes handling, storage and transportation of substances. More so, another objective is to protect the environment. A united system of categorizing will expedite commerce beyond the borders and accurately identify hazardous chemicals. Several countries that did not put a unified classifying system create more risk and confusion to other countries who have placed the unified system. The advancement of GHS safety data sheets-SDS was due to the efforts and studies that wanted to address about uniformity and disparities while maintaining the level of safety measures. The organizing procedures consider the chemicals' built-in hazardous properties and their manner of creation and reactiveness to gas, water and other elements besides impact if there is environmental exposure. Because of such, GHS SDS were made in a very organized manner which each sector easily stated by those included in the series of processing, transportation and storage in addition to consumers. Throughout the years, GHS has gone through revisions and nations adopted one after the other while presenting their own practices. It has also undergone several technolgical progress including introduction of SDS app. Among the quirks of SDS is revelation of hazard shall be created in full without suspicious intention on compromising confidential data of copyrighted creations. A special aspect is the conduction of good training among employees in the usage of SDS and procedures in regards to the chemical substances they are handling and the training shall be comprised of correct interpretation of safety markers and safety data sheets.
Then there are additional endorsements on implementation. For instance, an importer or a distributor may receive sealed ampules of chemicals with GHS labels with ease. It is their utmost responsibility to ensure the clearness and completeness of the labels. If ever a producer acquires a sealed container and is later unsealed, he or she has to sustain the data sheet and make it obtainable to the workers who are handling the elements and label it as opened containers. As such implies, the manner of application of risk statement portion, encrypted in the label, varies in accordance to categorization of product and the stage of its cycle usage.
Remember that anomalies and surprising exceptions are part in handling dangerous chemical substances that you must be aware. In some cases wherein explosive, flammability and physical hazards are experienced, you may consult UNSCETDG tests. In GHS, only the existing data can be accessed, if ever a new data comes in, the classification system will make adjustments so the distributor or manufacturers must keep on track of these information.
Keep in mind that GHS is extremely beneficial in causing uniformity in categorization and arrangements of chemicals but it comes with are many anomalies. Click on this video for more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufd7wEbSSg4.