The Importance of GHS
A common set of classification and communication
What is GHS?
The United Nations (UN) Global Harmonized System (GHS) is a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labeling of chemicals through new Safety Data Sheet (SDS) formats and Labeling requirements.
Recently the US Occupational Safety & Health
Administration (OSHA) aligned their Hazard Communication Standard with
the United Nations Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification
and Labeling. Meanwhile in Canada, Health Canada is proposing new
regulations titled Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) that will
incorporate the new GHS criteria for hazard classification and
communication, and will amend and align Workplace Hazardous Materials
Information System (WHMIS) to that standard.
Many countries already have regulatory systems in place for these types of requirements. These systems may be similar incontent and approach, but their differences are significant enough to require multiple classifications, labels and safety data sheets for the same product when marketed in different countries, or even in the same country when parts of the life cycle are covered by different regulatory authorities. This leads to inconsistent protection for those potentially exposed to the chemicals, as well as creating extensive regulatory burdens on companies producing chemicals. By utilizing a common set of classification and communication guidelines (including a defined and agreed set of pictograms), this complexity and confusion can be minimized.
is currently positioned to complete the necessary GHS requirements well ahead
of the June 1, 2015 deadline to provide ample time for our customers’
transition process. We will continue to
provide important GHS updates as needed.
GHS Communication Updates
Customer Bulletin, Volume 1
Customer Bulletin, Volume 2
Customer Bulletin, Volume 3