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Why is Professional Preparation of GHS Safety Data Sheets Important?

With practical implementation and compliance being an involved task given how complex it is for the uninitiated, compliance with GHS norms seems straightforward.

If according to various classes, any chemical or formulation is deemed hazardous then GHS SDS must be prepared. When the chemical matches cut off value for various hazard classes, the manufacturer, dealer, importer or exporter must prepare GHS Safety Data Sheets. For example, if the chemicals fall into the acute toxicity class with a concentration limit of 1% or more then these must have the appropriate GHS SDS. The cut-off value is less than 0.1% in the case of chemicals known to be carcinogenic or to affect reproductive organs. It also requires compliance with each section of the 16 sections that relate to identification, composition, first-aid measures, fire-fighting, accidental release, handling, exposure control, stability and other information all while the format is standardized. If it is just one chemical, it is easy to decide but if a chemical forms part of a formulation then the task becomes more complicated and requires expert professional assistance for the right classification.

The safety data sheet’s preparation involves the inclusion of minimum information as regards GHS product identifier, use of the chemical and restrictions along with hazard classification. When it comes to disclosing ingredients of a chemical formulation, manufacturers may hesitate but this is a prerequisite and must be done in a way which will ensure confidentiality while disclosing the right amount of information in an area where the expertise of experienced professionals comes in handy.
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Fully aware of the pitfalls of languages used and knowing how to avoid them so as to make the contents precisely clear regardless of geographic locations and language usage in various countries are the professionals involved in the preparation of data sheets. If the primary language is not English, then a document needs to be translated into the local language because an American company may export to the Far East or to Europe.

Since GHS has not been adopted in the same way by other countries, then it also follows that it is not obligatory for countries to compulsorily follow the set of recommendations. They may also have their own regulations because over 65 countries have adopted GHS recommendations in part or full. Hiring experts, in this perspective, to compile country, compliant data sheets assumes paramount importance.

Reclassification and preparation of SDS from the ground up, may require reclassification and preparation of SDS from the ground up and so hiring experts to do the job is the safest and surest way to ensure full compliance.