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 have been approved to be toxic and can cause cancer if their cutoff limit is exceeded are required to be accompanied by 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. It is the information on the safety data sheets that assists in assessment of risk that might arise in the workplace which assists employers to employ risk management protocols to protect their workers and in insurance of their businesses. 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. Business managers need ensure that all chemicals are properly labeled in their original packages and that they are well organized to avoid accidents. Safety data sheets should be easily accessed by the employers whenever they want to without limitations by the employer.
It is important that every business have a sound plan of what employees should do in case of an accident to avoid panicking.
A company can distribute their safety data sheets to their clients electronically which are considered viable are then printed for backup. 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 are also known to build the confidence of the workers while performing their task as they are aware of what they are working with and how to avoid getting in trouble. All business companies that are involved in manufacturing, supply and use of chemicals have no option but have safety data sheets in their provision.