Guide to GHD- Implementation and Its Benefits
There are different types of chemicals – the hazardous, extremely hazardous and the less risky ones, and these need to be handled, stored, and transported in greater safety, which is the purpose why the GHS of globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals was developed by the UN and is being implemented in different countries.
GHS are implemented in different countries by their authorities. Some countries implement the GHS fully but there are also that already have their own regulations in place and so they only need to blend it with the GHS. There are some countries that have implemented GHS. The implementation of GHS has not been completed in some countries while there are others that have not even started but are to implement it in the near future. If GHS is implemented in cross border trade of chemicals then there will be a lot of benefits.
There is greater safety in handling, storage, use and transport of chemicals if GHS is implemented. You wont expect to have plenty of accidents in chemical handling.
Uniformity in classification and labeling of chemicals will then make it possible for online electronic data management, controls, and tracking and integration into ERP.
There is greater safety when chemicals are transported and handled, there will be a prevention of mishaps, and a prevention of life-threatening accidents or spills that can also threaten the environment.
SDS in the heart of GHS implementation. A safety data sheet is required of each manufacturer, dealer, or distributor or they can upgrade their existing MSDS to GHD SDS layout. In the GHS documentation, there are many categories, and subcategories as well as definitions of hazards, and this is why this a very complex process. Professionals are the best persons to handle GHS SDS solutions since they have extensive experience and knowledge in the field, especially in international compliance.
International trade GHS SDS is best handled by professionals. The reasons for this is because of the many ways local regulatory agencies have implemented and the necessity of being fully compliant with such local regulations. So, US manufacturers or exporters must comply with OSHA hazard communication standard that the OSHA has implemented. If they export to the EU< then they need to be compliant with EU regulations. It is important for exporters to be fully compliant with the method of GHS implementation that the foreign countries require.
The SDS has 16 sections which must be presented clearly if the categories and sub categories have been chosen. It is important that documents be translated into the local language if one is to export to a foreign country.
One should get a professional with great knowledge and expertise of regulations in different countries to handle every task that has to do with the SDS.