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It seem very easy to comply with GHS norms on the face of it. However, when it comes to its implementation, it can be a very involving task especially for those that were not initiated.
if a chemical or a formulation is considered to be hazardous according to classifications, a GHS spreadsheet should be prepared. The manufacturer, dealer, importer or exporter must prepare GHS Safety Data Sheets when the chemical matches cut off value for various hazard classes. 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%. The format for this forms are standardized but one has to make sure that they comply with all the sections provided beginning from identification to stability and their control and everything founs in between. If it is just one chemical, it is easy to decide. When the chemical is a combination of various chemicals,it becomes very important to involve the help of a an expert to record it.
Minimum information has to be provided regarding shemical identification, classification and restrictions to be included in the spreadsheet. An expert should be involved when recording this information in the GHS SDS form including the ingredients even though manufacturers may hesitate to do this.
It is also important that the contents be couched in simple language devoid of any ambiguities. Professionals involved in the preparation of data sheets are fully aware of the pitfalls of language use and know how to avoid them so as to make the contents precisely clear regardless of geographic locations and language usage in various countries. Some geographic regions, do not use English and they will know that they need to translate it. An American company, for example, may export to the Far East or to Europe. To be able to make the right translations, it is important therefore to hire an expert.
Most countries have not adopted to this considerations in the same way. Despite the fact that it is not obligatory to follow all the 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.Those other 65 countries who have adopted this norm could add some other norms to it too. Of paramount importance is to hire an expert to compile a country data sheets.
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