GHS is an acronym for globally harmonized system of labelling, classifying and determination of a chemical risk level. Many nations from across the planet are opting on having the united nations ratified system of classifying and naming chemicals for the purpose of achieving a variety of objectives.
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. By having a uniform way of labelling chemicals and also the indication of the degrees of hazardousness of chemicals, global trade has been made easier and an easy business environment is what every responsible government pursues. Many countries in the globe did not have proper systems of classification while those who had did not have the right capacity to do so which as a result led to confusion and also increased risk in the global space.
The coming up of GHS data sheets was as a result of very wide consultations and it sought to bridge the gaps that existed in chemical classification and create one uniform system of classification and also ensure that the degree of riskiness were reduced. This system analyses every single property of chemicals as well as its reactiveness with air, water and also its impact when released to the environment. Fitting in to every user in the chemical industry chain from transporters, manufacturers, people who store as well as the customers is one major reason why the making of GHS safety data sheets was carefully done.
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.GHS safety data sheets also emphasize the need of training employees on how to handle different chemicals.
The syllabus could include the interpretation of safety data sheets as well as safety labels.GHS safety data sheets offer guidelines for implementation for example the requirement that importers should keep chemical labels untampered for use by the employees who are going to use the chemical. 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. It is important for distributors and manufacturers to ensure that they are informed of any changes that occur when new data is availed to the GHS safety data sheet.