There are a number of the manufacturers and distributors who seem to have been caught unawares on what the GHS is despite the fact that they have been “forced” to implement it anyway. Here below is a look at some of the fundamentals about the UN’s GHS, Globally Harmonized Systems, and just what and how the implementation of these systems get to impact an organization.
As we move on, the first thing that we will seek to address in this regard is all there is on the basics of the GHS. The Globally Harmonized Systems, GHS as are better known, were actually agreed on and adopted in the year 2002 at an international level. One thing that should be as clear is that GHS was and is never to be construed to take the place of OSHA HCS, be it in scope or framework but all the same there are some modifications that have been suggested. One is the fact that as per the new GHS standards, you need to know of the fact that there is a standardization of a kind when it comes to the classification of hazards, labels and as well the safety data sheets. Generally speaking, this sort of standardization in these respects was actually necessitated by the need to ensure that there is such harmony when it comes to the need to achieve some consistency in the information passed to the workers and as well improve the quality of the same information. As a matter of fact, it is with the GHS that you will be able to classify chemicals according to their physical, environmental and health hazards. Added to this is the fact that GHS specifies hazard communication elements so as to help with labeling and the safety data sheets.
Having said all this, one thing that can be seen to be running through and through is that there is a common goal with the GHS and this is with the need to reduce risk as much as is possible and help with the need to manage confined spaces. GHS is designed to be a means to deal with the problems that have been seen in the past when it comes to managing confined spaces such as the confusion there is in the aspects of communication of risk. By the adoption of the GHS, you will actually get to achieve so much consistency when it comes to the need to pass risk communication in your facility or workplace and the other confined spaces such as in the symbols, the symbol words and hazard statements as is used rather universally.