What Is The GHS?
The Globally Harmonised System Of Classification And Labelling Of Chemicals (GHS), is a comprehensive tool that harmonises chemical classification and hazard communication through labelling and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
GHS labels and SDS include information on:
- Hazard classes
- Signal words
- Hazard and Precautionary Statements
The GHS document, published by the United Nations, is also known as the "purple book" which describes the harmonised criteria for classification of:
- Physical Hazards (e.g. Flammable liquids)
- Health Hazards (e.g. Carcinogens); and
- Environmental Hazards (e.g. Aquatic Toxicity)
The new system of classification and hazard communication for labels and SDS commenced on 1 January 2012, with a transition period of 5 years. From the 1 January 2017 all workplace chemicals (labels and SDS) must be classified according to the GHS and labels and SDS must be in accordance with the GHS as implemented under the WHS Regulations.
GHS and the WHS Regulations
The GHS is covered under the Hazardous Chemicals chapter within the Work Health and Safety (WHS) regulations. The GHS does not replace the Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code for Transport but instead compliments each other.
More information is available from Safe Work Australia - We have a comprehensive list of links below.
- Labelling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals - Know the regulations of labelling hazardous chemicals.
- Classification and Labelling Hazardous Chemical Poster - Get the guide on GHS classifications.
- Managing the Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace - Look after your health and your employees health.
- Preparation of Safety Data Sheets for Hazardous Chemicals - Get the practical guide on how to prepare a safety data sheet.
Our supplier has also prepared some info sheets - Grab them below.
- Understanding Safety Data Sheets Informational Sheet - For all information that is required in Safety Data Sheets.
- GHS FAQs - Have a GHS question but don't want to explain it twenty times? Here is a FAQ cheat sheet.
- GHS Pictogram Training Guide - Print and post this free training guide around your facilities.