A Guide to GHS Labeling of Chemicals

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) began with the premise that existing systems should be harmonized in order to develop a single, globally harmonized system to address classification of chemicals, labels, and safety data sheets. This international standard replaces the various classification and labeling standards used in different countries.

The GHS provides a logical and comprehensive approach to:
• Define the health, physical and environmental hazards of chemicals,
• Create classification processes that use available data on chemicals for comparison with the defined hazard criteria,
• Communicate hazard information, as well as protective measures,on labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

The three major areas of change are in Hazard Classification, Labels, and Safety Data Sheets.

As of December 1, 2015, distributors will not be permitted to ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless the contained is labeled properly with a GHS label.

Learn what you need to know to comply with GHS Labeling of Chemicals by clicking on the PDF below.