Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals for Workplace Chemicals

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is an internationally consistent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information through labels and safety data sheets.

The key objectives of the GHS are:

  • To increase worker protections through the adoption of an improved, globally recognized standard for communicating the hazards associated with workplace hazardous chemicals.
  • To facilitate trade through common labelling and other hazard communication requirements; and
  • To lower costs for businesses and consumers by reducing the need for retesting and reclassifying workplace hazardous chemicals from, or for, different markets.
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