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.
First and foremost, we get to tackle the basics. Talking of the basics, one thing that needs to be known is that the Globally Harmonized Systems, GHS, just as can be seen from the name are standards that were deliberated upon and agreed on at an international sitting of delegates of the UN in the year 2002 when the same were adopted. 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. By far and large, looking at the need that led to the need to ensure such standardization, you see the fact that there was the need to ensure that the quality of the information passed to the workers was of proper nature and as well there is as well the need to ensure that there is as well some degree of consistency in the information that is so passed to the workers. With the GHS there is availed a single set of an all round criteria for the classification of chemicals by their physical, health and environmental hazard. Added to this is the fact that GHS specifies hazard communication elements so as to help with labeling and the safety data sheets.
By and large, you need to know of the fact that looking at the whole concept behind GHS, there seems to be a common thread and interest running all through and this is with regard to the need to decrease risk to its bear minimum and help with the need to effectively manage confined spaces. Basically, when we take a closer look at the whole concept behind GHS, we see the fact that they were meant to help address some of the teething problems witnessed when it comes to the need to manage such confined spaces as in the problems there were when it came to the need to communicate risks. 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.