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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Does OSHA follow GHS?

Originally, the Globally Harmonized System, or GHS, was not a part of OSHA at all. In fact, OSHA had its own set of standards governing how to label hazardous chemicals to improve safety. As of 2012, however, OSHA aligned their HazCom standards with the globally popular GHS system. This has gone a long way in … Read more

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What is GHS compliance?

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, or GHS, is a popular set of standards that is used to classify chemicals and their associated hazards. It is used by companies around the world, and even mandated by many regulatory agencies like OSHA. Remaining in compliance with the standards put forth by GHS … Read more

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How do I read and understand a GHS Safety Data Sheet (SDS)?

When working with chemicals or other hazardous substances it is important to understand the dangers so that proper precautions can be taken. For facilities following the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), this starts with the GHS label. The label will include a variety of different types of information to help identify the chemical, present the various … Read more

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How do I read GHS labels?

When looking at GHS labels most people will immediately recognize the various pictograms that are surrounded by the red diamond. This is the most important part of the GHS label because it allows everyone to quickly understand the type of danger that is present when working with the chemical that has been labeled. In many … Read more

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