Handling of dangerous chemicals is not devoid of accidents, there have been news of accidental spills that exposed a lot of people in danger, the environment is also affected by these occurrences and proper action needs to be taken. The workers may also be oblivious of the fact that these chemicals are hazardous and when spills occur they rush to clean them without taking proper caution, such has to be avoided.
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.
When purchasing these chemicals it is important that those selling them disclose the presence of toxins and clearly explain how hazardous they are so that those buying them can handle them accordingly. This trade was hindered by the fact that a lot of nations had their own classifications while others did not hence it is was hard to get them all to agree on one.
It was decided that all countries were all going to give up their classifications for the development of a unified one that was going to classify all chemicals and identify their hazard levels. Creating a unified classification involved analyzing all the classifications of all the countries involved and then removing all the disparities but still maintaining or improving the level of protection.
The safety data sheets took into account the hazardous properties of all single chemicals as well as their reactivity with water, other chemicals and air, it also documented the impacts caused when these chemicals are released into the environment. 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. It is important that you have all your dangerous chemicals labelled so that workers can exercise more care.