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A Look at the Benefits of the GHS and the SDS Data Sheets

There are a number of the manufacturers and distributors who seem to have been caught unawares on what the GHS is despite the fact that they have been “forced” to implement it anyway. This post gets to detail some of the basic facts that ought to be known of when it comes to the GHS and SDS and just how their implementation will get to impact a business entity.

The first port of call in all this that we will get to is that which will get us to the basics of GHS. Like the name suggests, GHS or Globally Harmonized Systems, these are systems that were agreed on and adopted at an international level, with the adoption coming in effect in the year 2002. By and large, one thing that needs to be clarified to many is that GHS is not meant to take the scope and framework of OSHA HCS though there are some modifications that have been put in place. Under the GHS, you will realize that the hazard classification or grouping, safety data sheets, SDS, and labels have all been standardized. This kind of standardization is basically for the sake of increasing quality and to achieve some degree of consistency in the kind of information that will be availed to the workers. As a matter of fact, it is with the GHS that you will be able to classify chemicals according to their physical, environmental and health hazards. Moreover, with the GHS you will as well get specified hazard communication so as to help with labeling and as well the safety data sheets.

Having said all this, one thing that can be seen to be running through and through is that there is a common goal with the GHS and this is with the need to reduce risk as much as is possible and help with the need to manage confined spaces. Basically, when we take a closer look at the whole concept behind GHS, we see the fact that they were meant to help address some of the teething problems witnessed when it comes to the need to manage such confined spaces as in the problems there were when it came to the need to communicate risks. By the adoption of the GHS, you will actually get to achieve so much consistency when it comes to the need to pass risk communication in your facility or workplace and the other confined spaces such as in the symbols, the symbol words and hazard statements as is used rather universally.

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