Launched in 2005 by the UN, the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is an important step in the move to harmonise the language of safety around the world.
The aim of GHS is to provide a uniform framework to define the hazards of chemicals, classify and label substances, and harmonise hazard communication and protective measures through labels and safety datasheets. An easy-to-understand classification and labelling system will not only benefit people who work directly with chemicals, but also all those who might be indirectly affected by chemicals such as warehouse managers, health and safety officers, goods handlers or even fire fighters.
GHS at a glance:
- Protecting human health and the environment
- Establishing good practice in the handling, transportation and use of chemicals
- Facilitating international trade
- Eliminating confusion and handling risks as a result of national and regional differences
Reflecting our “zero-compromises” approach to safety, we already comply with the new GHS guidelines ahead of schedule. So you have the reassurance of knowing that our cylinders and datasheets worldwide already reflect the new classification and labelling guidelines.
To guide suppliers and users through the many questions that still surround GHS, we have prepared an info flyer with all the old versus new symbols, a brochure which describes in more detail GHS and some FAQ’s which can be found below. Please feel free to contact your local Messer representative if you do not find the answers you are looking for in there.