GHS 101: All About Safety Data Sheets and SDS Online Management Benefits

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are valuable components of Globally Harmonized System (GHS), that involves classification and labeling of chemicals, and it aims in provide comprehensive information about a certain substances or mixture that are used in workplaces, especially in confined spaces. SDS has the same concept and function of Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).SDS and MSDS serve as sources of important information about the potential hazards of specific chemicals or substances, and recommended advice on safety precautions. The information provided by Safety Data Sheets allow employers to develop active programs to protect workers, and consider environment protection measures. SDS also provide helpful information for other target audience in the GHS, for identifying the elements that can be used such as transporting dangerous goods, development of poison centers ad emergency response teams, and professional use of pesticides.

A Safety Data Sheet must be produced for substances and mixtures that meet the harmonized criteria for health and environmental hazards as specified by GHS, caused by carcinogenic ingredients, substances toxic to reproduction or substances causing specific target organ toxicity that exceeds the cut-off limits specified by mixture criteria. Safety Data Sheet should be presented using sixteen headings in the order format: identification, hazard identification, composition or information of ingredients, first-aid measures, fire-fighting measures, accidental release measures, handling and storage, exposure controls or personal protection, physical and chemical properties, stability and reactivity, toxicological information, ecological information, disposal considerations, transport information, regulatory information and other information. Safety Data Sheets must provide a clear description of data used with specific details under a particular sub-heading.

SDS online system management is very good for businesses, saving time, saving money, efficient, sustaining and reducing risk. In business sense, electronic management has a positive net present value (NPV) and adds value to the business. A good Safety Data Sheet online management system has a large database of SDS making MSDS relatively fast and painless. A good system is mobile enabled, to provide real-time access to the most important chemical information. SDS online management system reduce the redundancies, offer accessibility to information and transparency across the organization. MSDS concept is based on leveraging efficiency through identification of network effects, that increases the value of service. There are always risks involve in any business, and having a solid SDS online management system increases your compliance to OSHA Hazard Communication Standard in order to protect your the reputation of your business. Having a well-informed, highly trained and highly skilled employees, reducing the business risks for all the business management and stakeholders, allow employees to make wise decisions, and more importantly for their own safety and the environmental protection.
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