WASPS Take Control of GHS
March 2018 -- WASPS Take Control of GHS!
Many in industry find there are two major issues facing them when dealing with safety in the workplace. Firstly, it is a well-known fact that many find the information on a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) “too technical” to understand. In addition, many are still trying to get to grips with the changes brought about by the introduction of the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) Regulation. As a result, SDS are not read but filed away until accidents occur. Secondly, COSHH is a legal requirement but many in industry are finding it a challenge to keep their COSHH assessments up-to-date with the changes taking place whilst some simply just don’t have in-house expertise or the time to deal with the complexity of GHS SDS.
Environmental Science Limited (ESL) has addressed these issues by updating their software called “GHS WASPS” (Workplace Action Safety Protection Sheet) which enables users to easily produce a workplace safety hazard sheet from a complex GHS SDS. The WASP Sheet is a one-page graphical representation of hazards in the workplace. It is also possible and easy to create WASPS from product labels and they can be displayed near the workbench in laminated form. Workers whose mother tongue is not English will find WASPS useful because they are pictorial and also available in other languages. The new GHS software is sold on a subscription basis in order to keep up-to-date with any legal changes.