The Importance of Keeping the GHS Safety Data Sheets Updated
The chemical manufacturers as well as the distributors or those importers need to maintain the SDS of each product and these should also be aligned with the OSHA guidelines. Well, the deadline for which has already passed but there are some importers and manufacturers that have still to comply totally. The failure in complying with that deadline would actually lead to penalties and there are also some companies that have also paid such fines.
Actually, the non-compliance would happen because of the upstream supplier which has not supplied the GHS SDS and also the user or the dealer has not been really diligent in checking such. The dealers and the manufacturers should first check the inventory and also tally this against the SDS which is in their possession in order to ensure that all the data sheets are really updated.
It is very important to really check the inventory since this is certainly a good practice and such would help you see if there are those missing GHS safety data sheets - SDS. If they would buy chemicals or formulations, it is imperative to ask for and have the SDS from each supplier. The record of their communication is one safety measure when the supplier doesn't provide the data sheet. To avoid paying a fine as well as to be able to claim one's innocence, then the proof of communication may also be used. Such updated safety data sheets are also very important for training the workers regarding the safety measures and to implement such in the workplaces aside from giving such environment protection.
You should also know that the SDS is also very important in case of substances and mixtures which match the defined hazards under that GHS system. OSHA has really implemented some things and it is likely that those hazards would be redefined in the coming years and this will also ask the importers, manufacturers or the dealers to update the GHS safety data sheets properly.
You should also keep in mind that updated SDS can certainly be useful in the trade. The authorities and the buyers from another country may want the updated SDS document. The suppliers need to provide such data sheet together with the shipment or they and the buyers can also face some problems in clearing consignments. It can also affect the future supplies. The safety data sheets should also be provided in printed format and it can also be accessed through electronic format from the online database. You can also Manage SDS with an app on your phone.