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.
As we move on, the first thing that we will seek to address in this regard is all there is on the basics of the GHS. Talking of the basics, one thing that needs to be known is that the Globally Harmonized Systems, GHS, just as can be seen from the name are standards that were deliberated upon and agreed on at an international sitting of delegates of the UN in the year 2002 when the same were adopted. 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. Basically, with the GHS you will be able to group chemicals as per their health, physical and environmental hazards posed by them. Added to this is the fact that GHS specifies hazard communication elements so as to help with labeling and 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.