Safety Data Sheets Communicating Hazards Effectively

In our day to day life, in most places like chemical laboratories, industries, places we work or even at home, we use certain chemicals for different purposes. Chemicals are used in terms of handling and transportation, and can sometimes turn out to be hazardous if not handled carefully. To ensure the safety of the chemicals used, a system called the GHS or the Globally Harmonized Systems of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals has been given the responsibility to hand out Safety Data Sheets corresponding to every chemicals used.

The Safety Data Sheets as approved by the GHS contain information regarding a chemical and details like if its toxic or not, how much hazardous it can turn out to be or if it’s harmful for the health. It also contains instructions for safe handling and directions for its safe and sound transportation without causing any damage. The Sheets classifies the chemicals based on a hazard level, and hence categorize them into extreme harmful, moderate or less harmful according to the chemical characteristics.

Chemicals are used almost everywhere. So the Sheets are used for implementing the use and handling of harmful chemicals in a worldwide level. The GHS has made standard rules to the companies for giving the Safety Data Sheets to the people assigned to transport the chemicals, and to ensure that they are aware of the extent of damage the chemicals can deal if not treated carefully.

GHS states that it is the duty of the transport and regulation control personnel of a company to make sure everyone make the best use of the Sheets provided to them. The data sheets contains further information regarding the risks involved in moving a particular chemical, and whether the exposure level of toxic nature is instant or prolonged. It also contains details of what precautionary measures must be taken, what should be done in order to prevent a threat or what must be immediately taken care of if someone happens to come in contact with it.

So, we can some to a conclusion that the Safety Data Sheets have been brought into a strict regulation of use by any company that is involved in transporting and moving of chemicals, whether harmful or not. It’s the data sheets which should always be referred to prior handling a chemical product to keep you safe, and to protect yourself from the chemical’s harmful nature.