Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals GHS Filter Results Search form Search Chemicals, through the different steps from their production to their handling, transport and use, are a real danger for human health and the environment. People of any ages, from children to elderly, using many different languages and alphabets, belonging to various social conditions, including illiterates, are daily confronted to dangerous products chemicals, pesticides, etc. To face this danger, and given the reality of the extensive global trade in chemicals and the need to develop national programs to ensure their safe use, transport and disposal, it was recognized that an internationally-harmonized approach to classification and labelling would provide the foundation for such programs. Once countries have consistent and appropriate information on the chemicals they import or produce in their own countries, the infrastructure to control chemical exposures and protect people and the environment can be established in a comprehensive manner. The new system, which was called "Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals GHS ", addresses classification of chemicals by types of hazard and proposes harmonized hazard communication elements, including labels and safety data sheets.
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The May 1, deadline to nominate chemicals i. This new edition of GHS includes both amendments and some newly added content and guidance relating to the classification and labelling of chemical substances and mixtures. Background to GHS GHS is an international guidance system intended to harmonise the classification and labelling of hazardous chemicals in order to improve workplace and environmental safety, to ensure consumer protection, and to facilitate international trade.
Whilst the GHS is an internationally agreed-upon system, each jurisdiction has adopted different building blocks and requirements on labels and safety data sheets SDSs based on its unique conditions. The new edition of GHS contains a number of notable amendments, including: A revised criteria for categorisation of flammable gases within Category 1; A number of amendments intended to clarify the definitions of various health hazard classes; Additional guidance to extend the coverage of Section 14 which covers Transport Information of the Safety Data Sheet SDS to all bulk cargoes transported under instruments of the International Maritime Organization IMO , regardless of their physical states; Revised and further rationalised precautionary statements in Annex 3; A new example in Annex 7 addressing labelling of small packaging with fold-out labels.
Where can you get the new version of GHS from? You can download the English version here , and the French version here. We also send out weekly newsletters to keep you informed on all the latest regulatory news and other topical, industry relevant content. You can sign up to our newswire at the bottom of this page. Useful Information.
GHS (Rev.4) (2011)
Table 2. Added the determination method of burning velocity of flammable gases ISO Annex C in paragraph 2. Amended the classification criteria. In paragraph 3.
7th Revision Of GHS Is Now Available
UN GHS-The 7th Revised Edition has been Published