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. One is the fact that as per the new GHS standards, you need to know of the fact that there is a standardization of a kind when it comes to the classification of hazards, labels and as well the safety data sheets. By far and large, looking at the need that led to the need to ensure such standardization, you see the fact that there was the need to ensure that the quality of the information passed to the workers was of proper nature and as well there is as well the need to ensure that there is as well some degree of consistency in the information that is so passed 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, the GHS as well helps as well with the hazard communication elements for labeling and as well for use on 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. With the GHS, there is achieved consistency in the symbols, the signal words and the hazard statements in any workplace.