Those chemical manufacturers and distributors or importers need to maintain those safety data sheets of every product and these should also be aligned with the guidelines of the OSHA. The deadline of which has been passed but there are a few importers and manufacturers that need to comply. Failure in meeting the deadline would cause penalties and there are companies as well which have already paid these fines.
The non-compliance takes place due to the fact that the upstream suppliers hasn’t given the GHS SDS and the dealer or the user was not able to check this. Dealers and also manufacturers must first check such inventory and then tally this with the SDS that is in their possession to be able to make sure that the safety data sheets are quite updated.
It is quite important to regularly check the inventory as this is a good practice and this would also help find out the missing GHS safety data sheets. If they would buy chemicals or formulations, it is imperative to ask for and have the SDS from each supplier. The record of their communication is one safety measure when the supplier doesn’t provide the data sheet. One can also give that proof of communication to prove the innocence of a person and to avoid paying that fine. The updated safety data sheets are also important in order to train the workers regarding the safety measures and also implement such at the workplaces apart from protecting the environment.
You should also know that the SDS is also very important in case of substances and mixtures which match the defined hazards under that GHS system. Moreover, OSHA has implemented a few things and it is likely that such hazards would be redefined in the future and this will require those dealers, importers or such manufacturers for updating the GHS safety data sheets as required.
Also, it is quite important to note that such updated SDS would also help in the trade. The buyers and also the authorities in such country can insist on the very recent SDS document. The suppliers need to provide such data sheet together with the shipment or they and the buyers can also face some problems in clearing consignments. This may even have an impact on supplies in the coming years too. Those safety data sheets should be given in printed form and one may also access this through the electronic format with the online database.
It would be a good thing for the chemical manufactures, the importers and also those exporters in preparing and maintaining the safety data sheets and making electronic forms and having a translation aside from training when they would like to stay compliant now and also in the future.