This week Mark discussed Safety Data Sheets – in our industry, we follow the Globally Harmonized System. GHS defines and classifies the hazards of chemical products, and communicates health and safety information on labels and the data sheets mentioned previously. Canada transitioned to this system because world markets had several ways of formatting this information. Safety Data Sheets now share common sections included in international markets and safety pictograms to ensure that in an emergency situation, one can easily refer to another market’s standards and measurements.
Here at BWS Manufacturing Ltd., we store SDS in each area of the shop as it applies – for example, there is a book in the welding gas area which pertains to welding gasses only. Our maintenance room is provided with a book that addresses only the chemicals found in that area. Further, the parts room has a book which entails only WHMIS controlled chemicals. This method of organization makes finding the sheets very easy when necessary!
Below are the GHS symbols you may recognise from products in your workplace or home.