Dec 2, 2014 in Blog Articles

Water and waste water chemicals are considered hazardous. They can be dangerous through inhalation, ingestion and absorption…so how are workers with chemicals afforded a degree of protection? The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a single internationally agreed system of chemical classification and hazard communication through labelling and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) which was formulated to provide protection to people using chemicals. The GHS is published by the United Nations … It includes harmonised criteria for the classification of: 1) physical hazards, 2) health hazards, and 3) environmental hazards.The GHS is intended to provide  improved health and safety outcomes through use of internationally consistent hazard communication elements. Hazard communication is a term used to describe how critical information about the hazards of chemicals and any precautions necessary to ensure safe storage, handling and disposal, are conveyed to users of chemicals.In the GHS, hazards are communicated to chemical users through a combination of symbols as well as words, in the form of signal words, hazard statements and precautionary statements. These are intended to appear on labels and in SDS.There are nine hazard pictograms in the GHS which represent the physical, health and environmental hazards. This one alongside which is a warning of Chronic Health Hazards is typical of the pictograms. In addition to the warning pictograms the SDS (Safety Data Sheets) which is a document that contains information on the potential hazards (health, fire, reactivity and environmental) and how to work safely with the chemical product. It is an essential starting point for the development of a complete health and safety program. It also contains information on the use, storage, handling and emergency procedures all related to the hazards of the material. The SDS contains much more information about the material than the label. SDSs are prepared by the supplier or manufacturer of the material. It is intended to tell what the hazards of the product are, how to use the product safely, what to expect if the recommendations are not followed, what to do if accidents occur, how to recognize symptoms of overexposure, and what to do if such incidents occur. But there is no need for any of this if you switch to on-site chemical generation…take out the risks in your water and waste water treatment and make the change to MIOX. Check out the MIOX on-site disinfectant generator here  and phone Dave Harris on 082 557 9675 or email him at David [at] filconfilters [dot] co [dot] za