Global Survey of GHS Labels Added to CSC Resources

A presentation showing examples of GHS labels and offering key special labeling requirements for Europe, China, Korea, Japan, Australia, Singapore, USA (OSHA), and Brazil has been added to the resources available at the Chemical Safety Consulting website. [More…]

Changes to expect from Revision 4 of GHS

The UN published the 4th biannual revision of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling (GHS) in June 2011. The amendments to GHS primarily address “chemically unstable gases and non-flammable aerosols; further rationalization of precautionary statements, and further clarification of some of the criteria to avoid differences in their interpretation”. [More…]

Thailand Adopts Globally Harmonized System of Chemical Hazard Communication (GHS)

Thailand has adopted the GHS. The Thai Ministry of Industry published the law, The Classification System and Communication of the Hazards of the Hazardous Substance 2555 BC, on 12 March 2012.

The law adopts all building blocks or GHS according to Rev 3, and provides a 1 year phase-in for substances (until 13 March 2013) and 5 year phase-in for mixtures (13 March 2017).

Table 1 of the law provides the criteria for classification of hazardous substances or mixtures and the hazard communication elements. In summary:

OSHA Hazcom 2012 Compared with GHS Purple Book


The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (Hazcom) establishes the requirements for workplace hazard communication. OSHA has acted to bring the workplace safety standards into compliance with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System (UN GHS). OSHA does not regulate the environmental effects of chemicals (SDS sections 12-13) nor the transportation requirements (SDS section 14).

OSHA Hazcom 2012 Starts US GHS Clock Ticking

The final regulation modifying the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHAHazard Communication Standard to adopt the Globally Harmonized System has been published and the key deadlines for U.S. American companies to come into compliance are now clear: [More…]