Gensuite Upgrades Its SDS Systems for GHS Compliance

By CIOReview | Monday, February 8, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: The upcoming June 1, 2016 deadline for GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) compliance is set to lay new standards for safety of workers involved with handling of chemicals. This new move will be strengthened by last year’s nationwide implementation of U.S OSHA guidelines for reclassification of chemicals and associated updates to Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and labeling by manufacturers.

With the upcoming compliance deadline in sight, Gensuite LLC with a rigorous 18 month effort aims to enhance its SDS System to support business and facility needs. Gensuite LLC is a service provider offering a suite of integrated Web applications enabling compliance, operational excellence and risk management. The upgraded Gensuite SDS System is now equipped with GHS centric employee hazard communication and chemical management capabilities. Accessing SDSs in Gensuite tool will now be easier across desktops and mobile devices. The tool features container and shipping label generation (with QR codes), integrated regulatory reporting & analytics, and intelligent systems integration with IH, safety & environmental Gensuite applications.

The new Gensuite SDS System also includes hazard and transportation pictograms, hazardous and precautionary statements for priority regions and offers a consistent format for the 190,000 SDSs in Gensuite’s repository. The System will provide real time GHS related hazard information to facility employees via mobile devices.

The implementation of GHS is expected to prevent over 500 workplace injuries and illnesses and 43 fatalities annually in the U.S. The quality and consistency of hazard information available to workers is expected to improve by this implementation. The GHS is being implemented throughout the world including major economies like the U.S., Canada, the European Union, China, Australia and Japan. This wide coverage of GHS would allow this new implementation to harmonize systems around the world that would lead to reduced trade barriers among countries and trade blocks.