Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)

Second Revised Edition

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The GHS addresses classification of chemicals by types of hazard and proposes harmonized hazard communication elements, including labels and safety data sheets. It aims at ensuring that information on physical hazards and toxicity from chemicals be available in order to enhance the protection of human health and the environment during the handling, transport and use of these chemicals. The GHS also provides a basis for harmonization of rules and regulations on chemicals at national, regional and worldwide level, an important factor also for trade facilitation. This second revised edition includes a set of new amendments.



Allocation of label elements

For the GHS, the assigned pictogram, signal word and hazard statement are given in that order for each hazard category of the hazard class. Where the hazard class and or categories are covered under the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Model Regulations, the assigned corresponding pictogram is given for each category below the GHS requirements.


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