Most people think that compliance with the GHS standards is a simple process. Most chemical manufacturers and dealers grapple with the preparation of GHS SDS which is a requirement because they do not know how to do it. It is a requirement to have a GHS safety data sheet for any chemicals which is classified as hazardous. If you want to get the best preparation for GHS safety data sheet, you can engage a professional to do it, but most people are reluctant to do it because they think it is expensive. Essential information to be contained in the sheet may include handling, exposure, fire-fighting, chemical stability and first aid among others. If you are dealing with only a single chemical, it can be an easy task but it becomes complicated when the chemical is part of a formulation, and in this case, you need the guidance of an expert.
Among other information, details regarding GHS product identifier, chemical use, restrictions, and classification are vital, and they must be present on the safety data sheet. In the course of disclosing such information, manufacturers fear that they can violate confidentiality to reveal ingredients of the chemicals. In such a tricky situation, manufacturers must develop a cautious approach and thus, it is crucial to get a professional who is well-versed with privacy policies of chemical details.
You must not just prepare the safety data sheet for the sake of it, but you must aim at help the recipient of the chemicals to understand the details. You have to recognize that any slight misinterpretation of the GHS safety data sheet can cause devastating consequences and therefore, you should try to use a simplified language that everyone understands irrespective of their geographical location or difference in language. Although most safety data sheets are written in English, not every country speaks English, and thus, there is a need for translation to other languages. The process of translating the languages should be carried out with caution so as not to distort the information. It is advisable to engage experts who have experience in the translation process to have a common understanding.
Note that not all countries have embraced GHS similarly. Further, it is not compulsory for countries to follow the recommendation and they can adjust them to suit their preferences. As an exporter, you must be conversant with the regulations of the destination country and prepare the safety data sheet in compliance with them. Note that about 65 countries have adopted the GHS recommendations either fully or partly. Experts have the advantage of being aware of different countries’ regulations, and thus, they can help in preparing safety data sheets that are suitable for different countries.