GHS Labels Regulation


Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures:Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of chemicals (GHS)

The GHS (Globally Harmonised System) will require the reclassification and labelling of chemicals (mixtures and substances) with respect to its hazardous properties. The aim of the proposed regulation is to achieve a system of chemical classification and labelling that is recognised worldwide.

Over 30 years, a number of various classifications and systems have been developed all over the world. In 1992, the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro identified the harmonisation of these systems. In December 2002, the GHS was agreed by the UN Committee of Experts on Transport of Dangerous Goods and the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.

GHS labels regulation

It's implication for the UK is the replacement of the current CHIP regulations which will be superseded by the EU CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures) Regulation, published in the European Journal 31st December 2008. The rules on harmonised classification will apply from 21st January 2009.

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    The deadline for substances classification based on the GHS is currently 30 November 2010.
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    The deadline for mixtures classification based on the GHS is currently 31 May 2015.
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    The current classification systems will be repealed 1 June 2015.

Please note that the new Globally Harmonised System will not simply replace the current labelling system. All substances and preparations (mixtures) will have to be reclassified and new safety information and data sheets made available before determining which labels should be used on your products.

NB. The information above is meant as a guideline only and is based on our understanding of the current proposals for GHS. We endeavour to keep this information as up-to-date as possible. Limpet Labels UK Ltd will not accept liability for any consequential, indirect or special loss or damage resulting from use of the information on this page. It is the sole responsibility of each company to implement the new GHS regulations according to their own interpretation of the rules.

GHS Hazard Warning Diamonds are available from our shop now. These labels comply with Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.

For more information please visit the following websites:

www.unece.org/trans/danger/publi/ghs/ - The official website of United Nations Economic Commission.

www.hse.gov.uk/chemical-classification/legal/background-directives-ghs.htm to learn a bit more about GHS application, or www.unece.org/trans/danger/publi/ghs/pictograms.html to see the GHS pictograms.