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Why GHS Should be Implemented

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.

Authorities of particular countries are left to implement GHS in their countries. These countries may incorporate the recommendation in full or blend them with their own regulations. There are already countries that have adopted the GHS. Still, there are other that are only beginning to adopt the system and others have not even begun but are most likely to adopt it in the near future. GHS implementation for cross border trade in chemicals have many 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.

It will be possible to have online electronic data management, controls, tracking and integration into ERP, if these classifications and labeling are uniform for all countries.

With GHS implementation, chemicals will be handled and transported with greater safety such that there will be no mishaps and which will prevent accidents that can threaten life and the environment.

SDS in the heart of GHS implementation. Every manufacturer, dealer, or distributed need to have a safety data sheet, or if they already have one, they need to upgrade it to GHS SDS. 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. The best persons to handle this complex task are professionals who 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. This means that US manufacture4res or exporters must fully comply with OSHA hazard communication standards that they have put in place. And if they export to the EU, their documentation must comply with EU regulations. Exporting to any country with their own method of GHS implementation would require an exported to fully comply with local regulations.

When categories or sub categories have been chosen, the SDS which has 16 sections have to be presented clearly. When one exports to a foreign country, it is necessary that documents be translated into the local language.

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.

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