By and large, studies reveal the fact that a number of the manufacturers happen to be at a loss still, not knowing exactly what GHS and SDS actually is and what is going on in spite of the fact that there is a call all over to have these implemented in their operations. Here below is a look at some of the fundamentals about the UN’s GHS, Globally Harmonized Systems, and just what and how the implementation of these systems get to impact an organization.
The first port of call in all this that we will get to is that which will get us to the basics of GHS. The Globally Harmonized Systems, GHS as are better known, were actually agreed on and adopted in the year 2002 at an international level. Generally speaking, it is to be noted as a fact that GHS is not by any standard meant to alter the scope or framework of OSHA HCS even though there are some areas where modifications and some changes have been put in place. As per the GHS, the classification of hazards, labels and safety data sheets have come to be so 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. With the GHS there is availed a single set of an all round criteria for the classification of chemicals by their physical, health and environmental hazard. 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.
By and large, you need to know of the fact that looking at the whole concept behind GHS, there seems to be a common thread and interest running all through and this is with regard to the need to decrease risk to its bear minimum and help with the need to effectively manage confined spaces. GHS is designed to be a means to deal with the problems that have been seen in the past when it comes to managing confined spaces such as the confusion there is in the aspects of communication of risk. As matter of fact, with the adoption of the GHS SDS systems, you will be able to achieve such a globally form of consistent communication of the risks, in symbols, symbol words and hazard statements and this is quite beneficial to any enterprise out there.