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Chemical Safety Guide

The Physically Hazardous Chemicals by GHS

In various ways, the chemicals can be the source of harm for the health of the people although it is undeniable that it gives off a lot of great uses. These chemicals are still considered to be a threat to the environment, may it be either during transportation, handling or production. The formation of Globally Harmonized System of Classification and labeling of Chemicals or GHS for short occurred because of the hazardous effects of these chemicals. One thing that the GHS does is that they classify the level of harm that a chemical may cause and therefore it will make sure that there is proper communication in hazard communication by having safety labels and data sheets included. The system has so many set goals but their number one priority is to make sure that they will be able to protect the people and the environment and in order to do this they will make sure that there is a safe utilization, transportation and handling of the chemicals,


GHS globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals has prescribed it that for every hazard statement, it must start with a code that starts with the letter 'H' and it must be followed by numbers in three digit. To aid with the translation and for reference purposes are the top two reasons as to why these codes have been created and you should know that the real meaning is written at the safety data sheet. The needed data in order to have these chemicals classified is achieved after the tests have been conducted, practical and literature tests are finished by the experts.


There are so many physical hazards that may be caused by these chemicals and some of which are namely the following: they are flammable, self-reactive, explosive, corrosive, oxidizing, self-heating and pyrophoric. If these flammable solids, gases, aerosols and liquids are in the air at 20 degrees Celsius then you should expect that they will burst into flames and they can also burst into flames with a standard pressure of 101.3 kPa. What you should know about oxidizing gases is the fact that they are the reason why the other materials will combust because these gases will provide oxygen. Check out to read about proper safety training materials.


The gases that are under pressure and released suddenly may explode and will therefore cause damage to property, the environment and the people and therefore they are considered to be physically hazardous. Even if just for a brief moment these flammable solids and liquids have come in contact with an ignition source, they will immediately ignite.


To ensure that every person is safe, GHS for permit-required confined spaces highlighted the importance of proper management of these chemicals all over the world.