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Brady Offers Globally Harmonized System Solutions For Safety

With the environmental hazards being seen so widely spread, it is important that everything is standardized to be safeguarded against such hazards. This is where Brady and product automation comes to the rescue. Brady offers a wide range of products to help businesses transition to the new system.

Brady Offers Globally Harmonized System Solutions For Safety

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GHS or Global Harmonized System of Classification & Labeling of Chemicals is a system that has been created by the United Nations to standardize the classification and labeling of chemicals all across the globe. In fact, in the United States, GHS has been adopted into the Hazard Communication Standard. This involves defining of the environmental, physical, and health hazards from chemicals, while taking preventive measures on standardized labels and safety data sheets.

Globally, the chemical production increases by almost 2 trillion per year! So, you can see how big the chemical business is. With such impact on world economy, it is highly critical that the import and export of chemicals is made as safe and efficient as possible. This is why the GHS standard is important to keep workers informed of chemical hazards, keeping them safe too.

Since the year 2013, there have been made various kinds of compliance checklists, to which workplaces have abided. These have included –

  • Update of annual chemical inventory
  • Posting of GHS signs, posters, and hand outs
  • Scheduling of periodic re-training on labels and safety data sheets
  • Including separate safety and material safety data sheets into management
  • Identification of secondary labeling needs and procedures
  • Implementation of labeling procedures
  • Purchasing GHS labeling equipment and supplies
  • Full conversion to GHS
  • Conversion of Material Safety Data Sheets into Safety Data Sheets
  • Auditing of all containers for compliance and updated regulations
  • Annual training of employees on compliance to standards

Other than these, there are still many more compliance updates that are still going on. These include –

  • Identification of new hazards and notification of the same on Safety Data Sheets and potential Personal Protection Equipment changes.
  • Update of the HazCom program reflecting all internal and external changes

Which are the 16 elements of Safety Data Sheets?

The Hazard Communication Standard comprises of 16 elements in a consistent format, which is as below.

1)     Identification of chemicals and their recommended uses, along with supplier information

2)     Identification of chemical hazards and the appropriate warning information

3)     Information of the ingredients comprising the products

4)     Information of the first aid and initial care to be given to an individual exposed to chemical hazards

5)     Recommendations for fighting a chemical fire

6)     Containment and cleanup practices related to leaks, spills, and release of chemicals

7)     Handling practices and safe storage conditions for chemicals

8)     Exposure limits, personal protective measures, and engineering control to minimize exposure to chemicals

9)     Physical and chemical properties of the substance or mixture

10)     Information about the stability and reactivity of hazards

11)     Information of toxicological and health effects

12)     Information about the environmental impact of the chemical when released into the environment

13)     Information about proper disposal practices and recycling of chemicals

14)     Information about the shipping and transportation of chemicals

15)     Health and environmental safety regulations specific for the product

16)     Any other information after the last known revision