10 Facts About GHS That You Should Know
GHS stands for the Globally Harmonized System of the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.
GHS is guidelines that are set in place to safe production, handling transport, use and disposal of any hazardous materials.
GHS was created by the United Nations to bring together a collectively agreed set of regulations and standards. The United Nations hopes that GHS will be incorporated into all countries chemical management system and not simply replace existing ones.
GHS is not law. The United Nations has stated that it is simply system that is recommended but not enforced. Basically, they would like you to try it. If not, not problem.
If GHS is incorporated into a new country, the entire system is not mandatory. GHS can be broken up and individual pieces can be implemented.
The pieces of GHS that most countries are using within their own borders are safety data sheets, labels and chemical classification.
United States officially implemented GHS in March of 2012. GHS did not simply replace the Hazard Communication Standard, but was integrated into it. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration titled it HazCom 2012.
Canada implemented GHS in 2015. Similar to the United States, parts of GHS were incorporated into Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and renamed WHMIS 2015.
To date, over 70 countries have a implemented a piece of GHS into their chemical management system.
GHS training is available with in many different formats (DVDs, Booklets, Posters, etc.) and sizes to help train different size of groups from individuals to large corporations.