The International “Globally Harmonised System”

The GHS refers to the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. As no international organisation currently covers all aspects of chemical classification and labelling, the GHS serves as a framework for internationally standardised chemical management. During the UN Conference on the Environment and Development (UNCED) in 1992, an international mandate for a globally harmonised hazard classification and compatible labelling system was created. This included SDS guidelines, incorporating the use of easily recognised hazard symbols. It was determined that an international harmonised approach to the classification and labelling of chemicals would provide the foundations for the safer use of chemicals. The GHS aims to standardise the classification of hazardous and dangerous substances, and reduce the risks of adverse exposures to the chemicals by providing adequate toxicological information and preventative measures when using the chemicals.

The GHS in Australia

In Australia, SafeWork Australia (formerly ASCC and NOHSC) has integrated aspects of the GHS into Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Model Legislation, including the Code of Practice for Safety Data Sheets and Labelling. For more information please see Safe Work Australia’s GHS Guidelines.

Does ChemAlert Incorporate GHS Principles?

ChemAlert has already incorporated and adopted these changes, as well as addressing the Codes of Practice as set up by the national regulatory bodies in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. You can be assured that ChemAlert addresses the classifications required by the national regulatory agencies, which came about as a result of international GHS guidelines. It is also another reminder to ensure that you do not delay in upgrading ChemAlert so that the most up to date legislative information is accessible.

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