In 1996, genetically modified crops were introduced to the fields of the world. One of the purported benefits of these genetically modified organisms was the reduced need for pesticides and herbicides. The modified genes were designed to produce the toxins from inside the plant, rather than require application from outside. Initially, this concept seemed well-founded as a worldwide dip in pesticide and herbicide use was recorded at the end of the last millennium. Life, however, can adapt at a remarkable pace. Increasingly, scientists and agronomists discovered new varieties of plants and insects that had developed a resistance to the compounds the modified crops produced.
Chemicals can have a devastating impact on both human health and the environment, and over the past century, humans have introduced an astounding number of chemical substances into the environment. Some are useful and some are waste, but they all can put our planet and people at risk if not managed appropriately. This is where the GHS standards come into play.
With the recent passing of the June 1st GHS deadline for chemical manufacturers, questions have arisen regarding the impact that this significant milestone has on companies that still aren’t fully compliant. It has become apparent that many chemical manufacturers, even with the best intentions, have struggled to meet the required June 1st deadline for the creation of the revised Safety Data Sheets.
Many questions have surfaced recently on the new requirements of container labeling under GHS, and the associated impact to companies.
As key target dates for GHS quickly approach, the challenges related to the MSDS to SDS transition have dramatically increased. Unfortunately, the GHS timeline created expectations that chemical manufacturers, blenders, distributors, end users and other employers have struggled with. As such, the development of these new SDSs has fallen short of those expectations set by OSHA.