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
  • Symbols
  • 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)

GHS Deadline
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.

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