Everything seem very easy to be implemented on the face of it and the same applies to complying with GHS norms. However, when it comes to its implementation, it can be a very involving task especially for those that were not initiated.
A GHS spreadsheet is prepared when formulations or chemicals are determined to be risky according to various classes. When a chemical matches the cutoff point of an hazard classification by a dealer, exporter or importer. For instance, chemicals falling into the acute toxicity class with a concentration limit of 1% or more must have the appropriate GHS SDS. In the case of chemicals known to be carcinogenic or to affect reproductive organs, the cut-off value is less than 0.1%. While the format is standardized, 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. When it is only one chemical to decide, it becomes very easy. The task may however become very complicated if it is a formulation and one may need the help of a professional to help them out.
Minimum information has to be provided regarding shemical identification, classification and restrictions to be included in the spreadsheet. Manufacturers may hesitate when it comes to disclosing ingredients of a chemical formulation but this is a prerequisite and must be done in a way to ensure confidentiality while disclosing the right amount of information, an area where the expertise of experienced professionals comes in handy.
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It is also important that the contents be couched in simple language devoid of any ambiguities. Most experts involved in recording this chemicals are already of the pitfalls available and as a result they try as much as possible to avoid them as they are aware of the various geographic locations that the information may be required to go. Some geographic regions, do not use English and they will know that they need to translate it. For instance those products being sold to the far east area region from America. To be able to make the right translations, it is important therefore to hire an expert.
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Not all countries have adopted GHS in the same way. countries are not obligated to follow the set compulsory recommendations. Other countries have gone ahead and added some other norms like those in the European Union. The same American exporter, if he wishes to enter the EU, must also have documents prepared to comply with EU regulations besides complying with OSHA GHS implementation in the States.Therefore, people from those other 65 countries could come up with additional norms just like the European Union. In this perspective hiring experts to compile country, compliant data sheets assumes paramount importance.