More than sixty-five countries have started using the UN Globally unified System of Classifying and labeling chemicals. There were discrepancies in the way different countries classified chemicals and specified safety measures. 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.
The US adopted these GHS guidelines in 2012 whereas OSHA made other modifications in later years. The modifications entailed updating of the MSDS to GHS safety data sheets and adding tags as pertains to UN GHS ideals.
The new and improved data sheets consist 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. 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. Every section are well laid out and getting specific info is not an arduous task. The employees involved in handling chemicals are equipped and well educated on keeping records and security at all times.
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.
This becomes even harder if it is a formulation which consists of varied chemicals. Any importer, distributor, manufacturer, and exporter who does not strictly follow the GHS safety data sheets rules set out by the UN, and they are prone to face many penalties in the future.
The procedure of updating to the new SDS should not be slow; instead it should be quick and accurate. 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. To achieve this the company has to update from printed documentation to electronic format.
It is vital to access the information on the devices of the workers or from a central database since that way it will be easy to respond to any emergency issues that may arise. When interpreting and reading SDS electronic documentation is needed, and also it is required in taking emergency measures.