The process of classifying, labeling, hazard description and providing the necessary precautions is carried out is carried out by the Globally Harmonized System through the safety data sheets. Safety data sheets give detailed information regarding the composition of a certain chemical or a mixture of chemicals that acts as a guide to the user.
Health and environmental hazards that are likely to be caused by the chemical are also contained in the safety data sheets. Safety data sheets are basic necessities in all businesses that deal hazardous chemicals as per the standards set by the Global Harmonization Sytem. Chemicals that contain compounds that can cause toxicity and those that are carcinogenic at certain levels should be delivered together with the safety data sheets. The nature and the contents of safety data sheets are determined by the chemical and physical properties of the chemical.
First aid measures to be undertaken in case of exposure to the chemical, its reactivity potential, the necessary precautions during transportation and means of disposal of the chemical is the nature of information that should be clearly stated in an accomplished safety data sheet. Safety data sheet should be comprehensive but using simple language that can be easily understood by employees. To maintain a clean and safe environment it is important that the chemical manufacturers provide their clients and the public with safety data sheets. Safety data sheets facilitate the evaluation of the risks that are likely to occur in a workplace and this is an important factor when getting an insurance cover for the business and also protect the safety of the workers. To avoid being on the wrong side of the law a business needs to have updated safety data sheets in use as this helps to minimize incidences fines and license withdraw by the authority. Besides being conversant with the safety data sheets, business managers are required to ensures that all chemicals remain in their initial containers and that they are neatly organized as this eliminates chances of accident incidences. All employees working with chemicals have a right to access the safety data sheets with ease.
Accidents are quite unavoidable sometimes and under such circumstances, employees should follow emergency procedure outlined by the employer.
Online safety data sheets are considered legal so long as the company has a backup system where it can retrieve the same information from. Safety data sheets eliminates occurrence of accidents which directly reduces the expenses by the company of compensating the workers affected by accidents which is an advantage to the company. Safety data sheets area source of information to the employees which reduces the likelihood of causing chemical accidents as they are certain of their actions. It does not matter how small a business is, provided it deals with chemicals safety data sheets are mandatory.