GHS Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
GHS is a short form for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. It approaches the hazard communication at an international level. The system provides the standards that should be followed when classifying chemical hazards. also the system provides the standards for element labeling routines and safety data sheets. It’s a global system that was outlined and standardized by communication experts from different states in the world. international organizations and different stakeholders also participated in this process. The system is also an integration of different systems in the world.
The purple book is another name for GHS. It is a document which outlines the standardized order of information on safety data sheets. Another component of the document is the systemization criteria for health, physical and environmental threats that can be caused by the chemicals. also, it also has the criteria for standardized label elements that are assigned to these hazard classes and categories. Further, the basis for standardized label elements assigned to hazard categories and descriptions are a part of the document. Relevant signal words, pictorials and hazard and a precautionary statement which can be used for effective communication with the user are the results of the above.
Initially, Safety Data Sheets (SDS) were referred to as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). The term was changed to SDS to improve information received from different countries. The advantage of standardizing labels and Safety Data Sheets is the enhancement of information conveyed to and from the different countries. The international standards and GHS reduce the conflict caused by the diversification of the different national and international standards.Hence, better global communication is enhanced.
Chemicals information is the component of the Material Safety Data Sheet Users of the chemicals are provided with the safe handling procedures of these chemicals. in a working environment, SDS are a requirement for safety and product stewardship. Physical data, health effects, toxicity, storage and safe disposal of different substances are all contents of the SDS.
In the areas where the chemical substances are being used or stored, there should be SDS. In this case, storage safety and spill-handling procedures of these substances are enhanced. SDS should be designed for anyone that comes to these chemical substances. Any person that is associated with this chemical substances should be able to comprehend the risks and the components associated with a given chemical substance, simply from the design of the SDS. This is more so for the people who work in confined workplaces. Safety in these working places becomes enhanced as a result.
It is very important that these SDSs are managed properly. Companies have started using different soft wares that are specifically designed for the SDS proper management. But before one can use these soft wares it is very important to determine whether these soft wares meet the international standards set by the GHS.