In the transport, handling, storage and processing of dangerous chemicals there are chances that an accident might happen and this can put the people doing these activities in harm’s way, the environment is also likely to be affected. Action must be taken because there have been reports that some workers without knowledge that chemicals are hazardous have tried to clean them up posing danger to their health.
Some countries in an effort to protect their workers and environments from the hazards of these chemicals have come up with a system of classification to help put things in the clear. Some countries, however, that have not had these accidents may have not developed their own classifications.
Trade of these chemicals is only possible if all the information on their hazardousness is revealed so that those buying them can know how to handle them properly. For the trade to happen all countries had to agree to follow one classification for these chemicals which meant that they hard to give up their own.
All countries realized that what they wanted to benefit from each other from this trade so a unified system of classification that identified chemicals and levels of hazards was developed. It was not an easy task to carry out extensive research that was aimed at removing all the disparities that existed in all the classifications of different countries and still maintain the same level of protection that was intended.
Analysis of the hazardous elements of each chemical and the reactivity to air, water and other chemicals besides the impact on the environment are among the detailed works that GHS had to do. One problem that SDS had when documenting these hazardous chemicals is trying to exclude all the confidential information of protected formulas.
Since the GHS has done its job to set defined rules it is upon companies officials to ensure that all their workers are aware of them and that they are properly trained to deal with the chemicals. It is also a requirement for these companies to provide all the SDS in printed document so that workers or people dealing with them can access them when required.
If your company has the information in electronic form it is much more convenient since all your workers can have access to it in their portable devices. More caution will be taken if you have all your chemicals well labelled as hazardous, so make a point to have your company do that for all the chemicals that you deal with.