A 10-Point Plan for Risk (Without Being Overwhelmed)
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. 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 of the actions that have been taken to curb some of these accidents that affect workers and the environment include establishing classifications for these chemicals. It is also a fact that some countries have not yet gotten around to establishing classifications that will help workers deal safely with these chemicals.
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. Earlier it was mentioned that some countries had their classifications while others did not hence it created confusion as it was hard to settle on one classification that every country would adhere to.
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. 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.
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. SDS had a problem trying to reveal all the hazards of these chemicals because some of this information included the confidential formulas with which these chemicals had been produced. This procedure had obstacles in the way and one of them was disclosing all the relevant information while trying to keep the secret formulas and recipes of these chemicals private.
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.
For further convenience you can have the information in electronic forms so that you can send it to the portable devices that most workers have, this way they can have as much exposure to it as possible. Labeling is also an important step to making handling of the chemicals more safer.