As the June 1 US deadline to comply with the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) approaches, 3E Company has published a white paper to help companies streamline their safety data sheet (SDS) management.
The white paper outlines obstacles to consider when developing an effective global strategy for SDS management — changing/conflicting regulations, varying local resources and infrastructure being among them.
The benefits to global SDS management, however, include more than increased compliance and reduced costs. It enables greater employee productivity as it removes chemical safety task replication between locations and it helps companies amass a large, centralized repository of SDSs and product data, which can then be funneled into regulatory tracking, supply chain analysis and a host of other environmental, health and safety initiatives, 3E Company says.
The white paper details six steps to implement global SDS management:
- Research current systems
- Regulatory awareness
- Select system
- Standardize and localize management plan
- Phase the roll out
Take away: Companies have less than two months to comply with the GHS to manage risks associated with workplace chemicals by using SDSs. While global SDS management is a major undertaking, an effective strategy will enable increase compliance, reduced costs, greater employee productivity and centralized EHS data and initiatives.
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