Harmonizing the Global Language of Safety


The convergence of several chemical reclassification and labeling initiatives being implemented in the global business arena to boost health, safety, and environmental protection to an unprecedented level is poised to have a monumental impact on the world’s industrial sector. 

Together with chemical sectors, which use raw materials and which introduce new formulae, other process industries are being required to make rapid and sweeping changes to comply with a whole new level of regulatory requirements. The new legislation impacts product registration, classification and labeling, packaging and transportation, storage, product information, and product disposal.

Launched in 2005, the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) affects more than 60 countries, including the US, and, since December 1, 2010, directly impacts all chemical substances in European Union (EU) countries. The GHS aims to achieve uniform worldwide criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health, environmental, and physical hazards. This uniformity will also apply to hazard communication requirements for labeling and Safety Data Sheets.

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