Objectives of the GHS Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
Many countries in the world use the United Nation’s globally harmonized system of labeling and sorting out chemicals. This is done with the aim of achieving several objectives.
One aim of doing this is protecting the health of workers who process, store and transport chemicals. Another objective is to protect the environment. A unified classification system enhances trace across borders and the proper identification of hazardous levels of different chemicals. Initially, some countries had no methods of classification. The countries that had classification systems classified their chemicals in a different way than others. This confused when handling the chemicals as well as an increase in chemical risk levels.
GHS safety data sheets were made from a big study. The study was meant to solve the classification differences. It aimed at unifying the classification an as well as the categorization while ensuring that the protection levels were still high.
The classification considers the hazardous features of the chemicals as well as their formulation. This also considers the effect of the chemical reacting with air, water, and other chemicals. GHS SDS was therefore made in a way to protect the people who are in the sectors of production, storage, and transportation, as well as the end user. GHS faced a lot of revisions. GHS provides that the hazard must be disclosed fully disregarding the confidential information or proprietary formulations. This is a significant area of training to employees about handling chemicals as well as putting the safety labels correctly.
In case a distributor or an importer receives a sealed chemical container, it is his or her duty to make sure that the labels are intact. If the container is open, the manufacturer should ensure that the data sheets are readily available to the workers who handle this chemical.
GHS does not use a uniform method of testing. it relies on the tests that are conducted by internationally accepted agencies. These are OECD as well as WHO. The information in the tests consists of health and environmental hazards. UNSCETDG tests are used for flammability, explosives, and other physical hazards. GHS relies on available data. When new data comes in place, it also uses it. Therefore, distributors and manufacturers should keep these changes in mind. There is no need for labeling some chemicals. Such chemicals are pesticides such as fungicides and rodenticide.
As it is evident above, GHSD has a lot of benefits in chemical classification and categorization. It is also widely complex with exceptions and anomalies. Experts are therefore required to prepare fully compliant GHS SDS labels. The professionals also take care of the exemptions as they gourd proprietary formulations.