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Survey reveals gaps in adherence of GHS guidelines

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June 1st 2015 marked the deadline for organisations to implement the new GHS guidelines that aim to bring consistency with classifications, labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) from country to country. Unfortunately, a recent survey revealed that, a shocking, 55% of companies have failed to comply with these new guidelines.

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a UN model that was introduced to replace the various classification and labelling standards used in different countries by advising of consistent criteria for classification and labelling on a global level. The benefits of GHS compliance include efficiency gains, minimised labour costs and increased safety for workers. Despite this, only 45% of companies have taken the step to comply with GHS guidelines.

The survey also showed that 70% of organisations believed that the inability to meet GHS standards could lead to fines, disruptions in operations or loss of customers. Organisations clearly recognize the benefits but either simply do not know how to implement the guidelines or consider it a too lengthy process.

59% of respondents admitted they were still unable to meet all six of the necessary elements of a GHS label. The leading step for these businesses is to fully understand what is required from their labels, what data they need from across the organisation and which processes they might need to respond to this. From there, it is possible to create a smoother and more efficient transition plan.

To adhere to the GHS guidelines, organisations would benefit from having the necessary labelling lifecycle management software in place. A specialist solution means that organisations can guarantee they are following guidelines around label sizing, translation and use of the correct phrases and text without the worry of configuring everything themselves.

Read our countdown to GHS for the full guide to ensure your organisation is on the path to adherence.