Superficially looking at this need, it appears that the preparation of the GHS Safety Data Sheets is quite straightforward. Neverheless, in the reality it is a fact that the implementation and compliance can actually prove to be so demanding and involving a task more so for the uninitiated. GHS SDS must be prepared if in any case you happen to be handling any chemical or formulation that is deemed as being hazardous according to various classes. In case your chemicals happen to get to the cut off values for the hazaedous classes then as a manufacturer, importer or dealer you must make sure that you have prepared the GHS Safety Data Sheets. For instance you may consider those substances that are categorized as of acute toxicity levels such as those that have a concentration of 1% and above which must have their GHS SDS prepared. Chemicals that are known to be carcinogenic and those that affect the reproductive organs the cutoff point is often not more than 0.1%. In as much as the format is standardized, there is as well the need to comply with the sections that deal with the identification, composition, first aid, handling and all the other issues that relate with these chemicals. If it happens that you are looking at a single chemical, then this is not as difficult to deal with. However should it be that you are dealing with a case where a chemical is just but a part of an entire formulation then the task becomes a bit complicated and you will need to have some expert professional assistance to get the right classification.
The other fact that you need to have in mind is that not all countries have adopted the GHS SDS in the same manner. You need to note the fact that in actual sense there is no set of regulations and demands on any country to follow any given set of rules in so far as this need goes. There are even some countries especially those in the European Union that have added some extra norms. If you happen to be an exporter going into the European market with your chemicals and formulations you need to bear in mind the fact of the need to have complied with the requirements of the EU over and above that of their mother countries. A good number of countries have actually adopted the GHS recommendations, either in part or in full, and they may as well have their own recommendations. In this regard you realize that it is quite an important thing for you to consider the services of the expert professional in safety data compilation to handle the compilation of safety data that is country compliant.