The conventional classification and labelling of chemicals are mostly found in a component of global harmonization system (GHS) known as safety data sheets (SDS). The system is extremely vital as it forms are conventional hazard classification criteria for chemical elements all around the world. The framework that guides the criterion of safety data sheets is GHS and it is useful in helping manufacturers no the standard labelling and classification of hazardous chemicals as a way of ensuring that people and the environment are protected and safe. The mode of classification and communication of hazardous chemicals are clearly outlined in the GHS. The importance of GHS is that it helps in the forming of unconventional way of classifying and labelling of hazardous chemicals in the communication thereof as various countries would come up with various standards for the many kinds of chemicals that exist and this would be rather confusing for manufacturers.
The general purpose of safety data sheets is that they are used as an informational source about the various hazards of chemicals, including environmental hazards, and there able to give further advice on the safety precautions that should be taken when handling such chemicals. The purpose of safety data sheets helps employees to come up with protection measures that are very strategic to the place of work and to be able to have a guidance of the training that they need for such and also, it helps them to build measures that can help them to do better in environmental preservation and protection. Some other vital information that can be found in safety data sheets include professionals and consumers for pesticides, emergency responders, poison centres within your locality and transport companies which deal in the movement of hazardous chemicals.
For safety data sheets to be produced, there must be a following of some specific criteria. A safety data sheet is produced when the substances and mixtures which are used by a particular manufacture are able to meet the harmonized criteria that is found in GHS in terms of physical, health and environmental hazards. The production of safety data sheets can also happen when the mixtures which are possessed by a particular manufacturer have ingredients that are carcinogenic, harmful to human health and are toxic enough to exceed the limits of SDS according to the stipulations of the criterion of mixtures. When some of the mixtures do not meet the interior for the classification but at the same time they contain very hazardous ingredients in specific concentrations, that the authorities will require the production of safety data sheets from a specific manufacturer.
For better protection of the environment and human life, GHS safety data sheets should be mandatory for manufacturers to ensure that there is continuity of life even with industrialization production.