GHS Labels

GHS Labels Globally Harmonised System Labels, The GHS is a single worldwide system for classifying and communicating the hazardous properties of industrial and consumer chemicals. GHS sits alongside the UN ‘Transport of Dangerous Goods’ system. The UN brought together experts from different countries to create the GHS with the aim to have, worldwide, the same: criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health, environmental and physical hazards; and hazard communication requirements for labelling and safety data sheets. The UN GHS is not a formal treaty, but instead is a non-legally binding international agreement. Therefore countries (or trading blocks) must create local or national legislation to implement the GHS. The CLP Regulation adopts the GHS throughout the member states of the European Union. The UN GHS aims to ensure that information on the hazardous properties of chemicals is available throughout the world in order to enhance the protection of human health and the environment during the handling, transport and use of chemicals. GHS also provides the basis for harmonising regulations on chemicals at national, regional and worldwide level. This is important for facilitating trade. At a more basic level, GHS also aims to provide a structure for countries that do not yet have a classification and labelling system.

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