Warning! Are your SDSs compliant with GHS (Globally Harmonized System)?
Greg Fisher, President of Aegis Environmental Strategies has been authoring GHS compliant SDSs for over 10 years.
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals is a system for standardizing the classification and labeling of chemicals. This system is a logical and comprehensive approach to:
- Defining hazards of chemicals
- Creating classification processes
- Communicating hazard and protective measures information
Many countries already require GHS compliance. OSHA has revised the Hazard Communication Standard to include the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).
Why must you provide SDS documentation for the chemicals you use and sell?
In the United States, your company is required by OSHA to have an SDS for each “potentially hazardous” chemical your employees handle. And if you manufacture or sell chemical products, you will need to provide your clients with SDS sheets for their own use.
Clients who sell internationally need to make sure their SDS documentation meets the GHS standards – so that they are free to conduct business without delays or impediments. There are numerous countries that require GHS compliance including the European Union, China, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, and many more recently.
Chemical manufacturers and importers shall obtain or develop a safety data sheet for each hazardous chemical they produce or import. Employers shall have a safety data sheet in the workplace for each hazardous chemical which they use. OSHA Hazard Communication
Standard, Subpart Z, 29 CFR 1910.1200
GHS requires product labels to convey the hazards indicated on the SDS. Companies who sell their products in the US or internationally must have a GHS complaint label.
Greg Fisher, President of Aegis Environmental Strategies can assist you with creating your GHS compliant label.