The GHS addresses classification of chemicals by types of hazard and proposes harmonized hazard communication elements, including labels and safety data sheets. It aims at ensuring that information on physical hazards and toxicity from chemicals be available in order to enhance the protection of human health and the environment during the handling, transport and use of these chemicals.
The GHS also provides a basis for harmonization of rules and regulations on chemicals at national, regional and worldwide level.
The fifth revised edition includes, inter alia, a new test method for oxidizing solids, new miscellaneous changes to further clarify the criteria for the hazard classes skin corrosion/irritation, severe eye damage/irritation and aerosols; revised and simplified classification and labelling summary tables; a new codification system for pictograms and revised and further rationalized precautionary statements.
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For more information on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, visit the GHS section of the UNECE Transport Division Website.