There are so many nations in the world that have embraced using labeling as well as categorizing UN Globally unified systems. 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.
In 2012, GHS standards were adopted in the United States, and OSHA did other amendments in preceding years. Some of the changes made involved an update of MSDS to GHS data sheets on safety and improving the standards.
The newer versions of safety data sheets comprise of sixteen parts that are organized logically. The newly introduced labels have symbols and texts that are not intricate and offer all info in one glance. The main advantage of the standardized safety data sheet is that it is uniform across the globe. 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. All parts are laid out nicely and getting information is fast and easy. Whether employees are involved in processing or transporting chemicals, they are trained and equipped with skills to maintain high records of safety at workplaces.
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 process is more complicated if the formulation has different types of chemicals in it. Penalties can be imposed on an importer, distributor, manufacturer, and exporter who fails to comply with GHS Safety Data Sheets.
The process of updating to the current SDS has to be prompt and accurate too. To make the process fast, companies should involve an SDS authoring service provider. The people who are responsible for preparing the data sheets and the safety labels are Professionals in their panel who have knowledge in Hazcom and UN’s specific revisions. To achieve this the company has to update from printed documentation to electronic format.
The data stored electronically should be accessed from a central database or on the personal devices of the staff as that way it will be easier and prompt to respond to any emergency issues. When training employees electronic documentation is needed to interpret and read SDS and also in taking appropriate emergency precaution.