GHS is an acronym that stands for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. It has a general self explanation in terms of what it is used for, but there is a bit more of an in depth meaning as well. A GHS is designed in cooperation with multiple nations and authorities to help classify chemicals and ensure that safety data sheets, or SDSs are maintained. In many countries, all chemicals classified under the GHS would require to be maintained with a SDS. The sheet contains vital information about the chemical, as well as what procedures to follow for safe usage, disposal and emergency care if exposure occurs.
The GHS is often incorporated into national and local standards.
Since its development by an international team of experts, the GHS has been able to help develop clear systems for regulations. It has also improved many other industrial and trade circumstances, wherein proper transportation has been employed for various chemicals. Precise precautions have helped reduced not only costs in transportation, but have also helped ensure more prompt response and treatment during accidental exposure. The GHS encompasses all chemicals that may possible be found in: everyday and industrial workplaces, used in transportation, pesticides, medications, and consumer products. If there is any potential for living interaction with a commercial chemical, it is assigned a hazard rating under the GHS.
The benefits of the Globally Harmonized System are intended for everyone.
For manufactures the maintenance of proper labeling and and SDS have ensured the safety of all people involved. Many people who have ever worked in the cleaning or industrial industry are already familiar with Globally Harmonized System training, even if the do not realize it. It may be referred to as GHS or SDS training, or is simply called safety sheets training in come organizations. No matter the reference used, is a requirement that people who will be working with any type of chemical be properly trained and made aware of how to understand the label and SDS. Employers can use paid for, constructed training modules, or access free online power points and presentations regarding the GHS. The global acceptance of the GHS to date includes: The Unite States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and many more totaling 67 major countries worldwide. This indicates that that around 35% of the world utilize the GHS.
Rich Galutia CSP specializes in the areas of employee safety (OSHA), trucking compliance (FMCSA) and animal feed safety (FDA).