GHS Compliance: MSDS to SDS Conversion Service

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is system of classification and labeling of chemicals put forth by the United Nations. GHS sets a new standard for displaying and defining chemical classification on Material Safety Data Sheet ((M)SDS).

By law, all Material Safety Data Sheets ((M)SDS) must be converted to the GHS format by June, 2015. The goal is to make the handling and transportation of chemicals safer and easier with a structured set of uniformed guidelines.

In the United States, OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will run in conjunction with GHS. This means HCS will undergo a number changes to ensure uniformity as well. These changes include, but are not limited to:

  • Re-authoring of MSDS to incorporate the new 16-section format in a specified order
  • Labels must include the standard signal word, symbol (pictogram) and hazard statement
  • Precautionary statements must be included
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Older (M)SDS must also be rechecked with current GHS standards to make sure chemicals do not have any new hazards or changes in the recommended handling of chemicals.

GHS also specifies elements are required to appear on certain chemical labels. For example, depending on the toxicity of a chemical the pictograms and hazard statements may not be necessary. For all chemicals, regardless of toxicity or hazards the product identifiers, precautionary statements, and suppliers information are all required.

MSDS to GHS SDS:

MORE THAN JUST “CONVERSION”

While the transition from MSDS to SDS is generally called a “conversion”, GHS requires more than the simple format change. Most new GHS requirements are foreign to most companies, such as new elements and applying GHS classification of chemicals.

Quantum is able to do the hard work for you so that you will be able to meet those standards with precision. To make sure we get everything just right, we developed and used our own software to determine hazard classifications and other elements within the SDS. We check GHS phrases, physical properties, and hazardous statements associated with each chemical product, among many other things. We also offer services such as template customization and regulatory consulting.

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GHS Compliance Doesn’t End at June 1, 2016

The majority of companies continue to work towards it. Contact us now to learn more about your options!

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