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On the face of it, compliance with GHS norms seems straightforward. However, when it comes to its implementation, it can be a very involving task especially for those that were not initiated.
A GHS spreadsheet is prepared when formulations or chemicals are determined to be risky according to various classes. 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. The cutoff point for carcinogenic and those chemicals that affect the reproductive system is 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. It becomes very easy to decide when it is only one chemical. If a chemical forms part of a formulation the task becomes more complicated and requires expert professional assistance for the right classification.
There are minimum things that have to be included when recording a chemical in a GHS SDS, the restrictions and use of chemicals classification. You may find manufacturers hesitating to share their chemical compositions but it is a requirement by law that has to be met and they should involve experts in this field while doing this.
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It is also important that the contents be couched in simple language devoid of any ambiguities. Most experts involved in recording this chemicals are already of the pitfalls available and as a result they try as much as possible to avoid them as they are aware of the various geographic locations that the information may be required to go. there are regions that do not use English as their primary language and as a result, it need to be translated. For instance when an American company sells to Far east regions. The SDS must be translated into the local language in addition to English, still another reason for hiring professionals to do the job.
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Most countries have not adopted to this considerations in the same way. It is not obligatory for countries to compulsorily follow the set of recommendations. Some countries, especially those in the European Union, have defined additional norms. 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. In this perspective hiring experts to compile country, compliant data sheets assumes paramount importance.