W. R. Meadows has upgraded its Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s) and product labels to be GHS compliant. The GHS, or Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, is a set of guidelines created by the United Nation and recently implemented by the United States; most other countries are either already complying or are in the process of doing so.
The GHS sets forth recommendations to ensure safe handling, use, and disposal of chemicals, and to make known health or environmental hazards. To assist with international language barriers, the GHS uses globally agreed-upon and known pictograms to display such hazards. A sampling of these pictograms is made available for viewing and download on OSHA’s website. In fact, OSHA adapted its own Hazard Communication Standard to include some of the recommendations and language within the GHS.
As part of its acquiescence, W. R. Meadows has changed out all of its United States SDS’s (formally MSDS’s: Material Safety Data Sheets), as the GHS demands that they now be set up with 16 specific section headings and a clear description backing up the data presented within those sections. W. R. Meadows is currently in the process of updating its SDS’s for Canadian products, as GHS regulations there will be implemented in 2017.
The employees of W. R. Meadows have always put the safety of its product users as well as that of the environment at the forefront of everything they do. By complying with GHS regulations, they are cooperating with the wishes of those behind the GHS, and also ensuring they are doing all they can to ensure the safety of those using their products.
A longer history of the GHS – both how it was developed and further detailed explanations of the guidelines – can be found here. If you have any questions regarding the GHS, or any comments on the GHS or this blog post, please write to us using the below space.