What are the two major elements in the Globally Harmonized System?

Given the full title of GHS, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, the two key components of GHS are Classification and Labeling. Almost twenty years ago, the United Nations officially adopted this universally accepted system to avoid confusion around hazard communication. A Harmonized System of Classification OSHA aligned their Hazard … Read more

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How are toxic materials classified under GHS?

The OSHA-adopted Globally Harmonized System provides the framework for classification with defined classes and categories for hazardous chemicals. GHS classifies chemicals into three hazard classes: health hazards, physical hazards, and environmental hazards. Toxic materials are classified as a health hazard, further described in the following 10 health hazard categories: Acute toxicity Skin corrosion Skin irritation … Read more

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Is the CAS number the same as the MSDS number?

There isn’t one, but two distinct numbers on a Safety Data Sheet for hazardous chemical identification. Those are the CAS registration number and the SDS ID number (formerly known as the MSDS number). These numbers are not interchangeable! Sometimes these can be mistaken for each other, but in fact they serve very different purposes and … Read more

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What is GHS labeling?

GHS stands for Globally Harmonized System (of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals). It is a set of standards that was developed and is managed by the United Nations. It was designed originally to replace the different standards that were used in countries around the world. With the ever increasing amount of global business, this is … Read more

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What is GHS?

GHS stands for Globally Harmonized System, which is actually a shortened version of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This is a set of standards for classifying and labeling potentially hazardous chemicals to help bring people from around the world together for the safety of everyone. As of the last release … Read more

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What does SDS stand for?

SDS stands for Safety Data Sheet. A safety data sheet is a document that contains detailed information about the safety and health impacting aspects of various substances and products. They are sometimes also called material safety data sheets (MSDS) or product safety data sheets (PSDS). Companies that produce, ship, use, or otherwise interact with potentially … Read more

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Why is GHS necessary and important?

The Globally Harmonized System was developed decades ago in order to help create a standard for the labeling and classification of chemicals that could be used by companies around the world. Prior to this standard, companies shipping or receiving chemicals would have to relabel and classify them to comply with local ways of doing things. … Read more

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Who developed GHS and who regulates it?

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) was first developed back in 1992. This was at the Rio Conference on Environmental and Development by the United Nations (more commonly called Earth Summit 1992). At this event, the International Labor Organization and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, along with several … Read more

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When is GHS required?

On March 26th, 2012 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officially adopted the Globally Harmonized System. This was done in a revision to their existing Hazard Communication Standard, which had been in place for some time. By updating their system to match GHS, OSHA helped to ensure that chemicals are more universally labeled and … Read more

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What is GHS training?

Whether your company has been using the GHS standards for years, or you are just starting to implement it in your facility, proper training is critical. If your employees, contractors, and other key people aren’t properly trained in GHS, it will dramatically reduce its effectiveness, which can cause a lot of safety problems. All good … Read more

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