GHS means globally harmonized system of classifying, labelling as well as determination of chemical risk levels. It is becoming increasingly advisable among many nations that for them to achieve many of their objectives, they need to adopt the united nations system of classifying and labelling of chemicals.
Health protection of citizens is one of the many things many countries are seeking to achieve by adoption of this system particularly when citizens are manufacturing, storing, h handling and distributing chemicals. Countries are also seeking to benefit from clean and safe environments by ratifying this system. Trade of chemicals across boarders has been eased because chemicals are uniformly labelled and their hazard levels are known to all persons. As a result of poor classification systems among many nations and also nonexistence of classification systems in some countries, the risk of being in the planet was on an upward trajectory and it also led to lots of confusion among global citizens.
The objective of developing GHS data sheets systems was to ensure that uniformity was brought in the chemical industry across the globe in terms of classification while also ensuring that hazard levels were greatly diminished. Chemical reactions with air, water as well as impact assessments of chemicals when released to the environment are all taken care of by the uniform GHS data sheet system.GHS safety data sheets were therefore properly designed to ensure that every person in the chain from processing, storage and transportation understand the system.
A lot of changes has since taken place to the GHS system and many countries have adopted these changes besides formulating their own rules to aid the GHS system. Full disclosure was required by the safety data sheets on the risk nature of chemicals but it did not allow information on proprietary formulation that were confidential to be disclosed. The education to employees on how to handle different chemicals is one of the critical aspects of a GHS safety data sheet system.
The syllabus could include the interpretation of safety data sheets as well as safety labels. Keeping chemical labels for use by employees is one of the examples of the implementation rules by GHS safety data sheets that should be enforced by importers. Data as to the risk nature of chemicals is provided by global bodies like the world health organization and OECD as GHS safety data sheets do not formulate their own data. Always keeping abreast of changes in data availed by other bodies to the GHS safety data sheets is critical to the manufacturers and distributors of chemical products.