GHS is known as Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals in full. GHS pictograms are essentially a compilation of guidelines intended to guarantee safety when dealing with hazardous materials.
Safety, in this case, refers to all aspects ranging all the way from production of the materials and even on to their transportation, handling, usage as well as disposal.
What would it cost you to adopt GHS?
Of course, when something new is brought into the question there is always the thought of money regarding how much implementing the new changes would cost you. GHS compliance is no exception. Some costs would be incurred in the following areas:
• Reclassification of all chemicals so as to make them ghs compliant which basically means old stock will have to be eliminated from sites and new stock ordered. Of course, the ordering system would have to be reconfigured altogether to eliminate old stock.
• Production of GHS formatted labels
For a hazardous material container label to be ghs compliant it is required to contain the following:
a. Hazard pictograms
b. Identification/description of the content
c. Warning labels containing “Danger” or “Warning” signal words
d. Hazard statements
e. Precautionary statements
f. Information about the supplier
• Re-authoring of all Safety Data Sheets
• Changing placards and workplace hazard warnings safety signs
• Reviewing risk assessments
• Revision and preparation of emergency plans
• Staff training
Training of workers would involve teaching them how to read the new warning labels and the updated SDS elements as well as acquitting them with newly identified hazards.
Why Implement the GHS Pictograms?
To begin with, one has first to understand that the GHS is not a regulation or a global law mandatory for implementation. It is an initiative by the United Nations developed so as to harmonize the chemical regulations and standards of all business involved with hazardous materials.
You may look at it as a way of getting everyone on the same page so that businesses may trade in hazardous chemicals even at an international level, without compromising on safety. By using globally-understood symbols, safety would be guaranteed even when transporting dangerous goods. This is not the only major benefit, though, if all businesses were to become ghs compliant, it would guarantee safer working conditions for employees working with or exposed to chemical hazards.
Another fact also not known to many is that the businesses are allowed to be selective about what they adopt and what thy leave out as pertains the GHS. This is commonly known as the building block approach.
Making the Transition
For a smooth transition, businesses are advised to conduct a GHS ready audit so that you may be completely sure of what is expected of you and thus can plan yourselves accordingly. This will reduce stress later on and set you way ahead of your competitors.
Of course, you want to embrace GHS way before everyone else does to not only give you a competitive edge but also hasten the growth of your business in that while others are concerned with GHS, you’d have moved on to something else already. Visit ICC Compliance Center Inc and learn more information from the available resources.