Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
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GHS, an acronym for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, is a system aiming to standardize and harmonize the classification and labeling of chemicals. Although many countries follow regulatory systems for the safe handling and transport of chemicals through labels and safety data sheets, there is no standard approach. So while the formats are similar in different countries, the differences are significant enough to warrant different labeling and safety data sheets for the same product in different markets. With the gradual implementation of the GHS worldwide, countries have consistent and appropriate information on the chemicals they import or produce, and the infrastructure to control chemical exposures and protect people and the environment can be established in a comprehensive manner.
This course introduces the GHS and explains how hazards are classified and communicated through the use of labels and safety data sheets.
Understanding Hazard Communication with the GHS