The United Nationals developed the Globally Harmonized System for classification of various chemicals. Concerned at the growing and indiscriminate use of potentially hazardous chemicals and the threat such chemicals posed to human life, to animal life and to environment, the UN developed a set of guidelines for voluntary implementation by member countries. The underlying logic is that by having a unified system in place, there would be consistency and transparency in disseminating information about hazards of a chemical and in its safe use, transport and disposal.
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals or GHS for classification of chemicals, classifies chemicals into various classes and categories based on their hazard quotient. Member countries adapt these guidelines and implement them through local regulatory agencies that are free to borrow building blocks from GHS and incorporate it into their regulations. This has given rise to disparities and complexities in regulations from one country to another. In some countries the interpretation might be flexible whereas implementation is more rigorous in the EU, for instance. OSHA has defined GHS for the USA and the GHS guidelines are also partly handled by Department of Transport and Environment Protection Agency since the GHS classification also includes environmental impact and transport/storage handling.
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The purpose of GHS is to inform those directly involved in manufacturing, handling and processing of chemicals to be better informed and avoid risks. It also seeks to mitigate risks for those transporting chemicals and storing them in warehouses. The GHS guidelines are also meant to keep environment protected. SDS data sheets also come in useful for emergency medical aid providers, cleanup operators and containment crews. By getting expert assistance from icsds.com in preparing SDS and labels that give the precise information, companies not only ensure they are in compliance but also help these diverse agencies and people. In-house staff simply cannot achieve precision in categorization and classification that is made possible by the highly knowledgeable and experienced teams at icsds.com.