Case Study: My Experience With Training
Handling of dangerous chemicals is not devoid of accidents, there have been news of accidental spills that exposed a lot of people in danger, the environment is also affected by these occurrences and proper action needs to be taken. Action must be taken because there have been reports that some workers without knowledge that chemicals are hazardous have tried to clean them up posing danger to their health.
Some countries in an effort to protect their workers and environments from the hazards of these chemicals have come up with a system of classification to help put things in the clear. Some countries, however, that have not had these accidents may have not developed their own classifications.
Trade of these chemicals is only possible if all the information on their hazardousness is revealed so that those buying them can know how to handle them properly. For the trade to happen all countries had to agree to follow one classification for these chemicals which meant that they hard to give up their own.
All countries realized that what they wanted to benefit from each other from this trade so a unified system of classification that identified chemicals and levels of hazards was developed. This was not an easy task however, it involved the development of GHS safety data sheets that relied on the research of all the classifications made by all individual countries then eliminating all the differences while still maintaining the protection that each country intended.
Analysis of the hazardous elements of each chemical and the reactivity to air, water and other chemicals besides the impact on the environment are among the detailed works that GHS had to do. One problem that SDS had when documenting these hazardous chemicals is trying to exclude all the confidential information of protected formulas.
It is required that companies dealing will these hazardous chemicals have training sessions for all their workers so that they can be conversant with the best ways to handle the chemicals. Since it is very hard to remember all the information that GHS has it is important that all the dealing companies have hard copies printed so that workers can have access to them whenever they need to.
If your company has the information in electronic form it is much more convenient since all your workers can have access to it in their portable devices. More caution will be taken if you have all your chemicals well labelled as hazardous, so make a point to have your company do that for all the chemicals that you deal with.