The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is an internationally agreed-upon standard managed by the United Nations. It was set up to replace the various classification and labeling standards used in different countries by using consistent criteria for classification and labeling on a global level.
The main elements of the GHS include standardized hazard testing criteria, universal warning pictograms, and harmonized safety data sheets which provide users of dangerous goods with a host of information.
Since December 1, 2012 it is mandatory to follow the GHS standards.
For labels, Chemical manufacturers and importers must provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, hazard statement, and pictogram for each hazard class and category. Given the complexities it’s key to select a label design software that can meet the demands of GHS compliance.
LOGOS recommend using label design software that allows for database integration so you can easily design and print GHS-compliant labels using information from a text file or database, including standardized data elements that meet GHS requirements. While LOGOS can support most types of label design software BarTender, from Seagull Scientific, is perhaps one of the best options and one LOGOS recommend.
Your label design should include the following items to meet Chemical GHS requirements:
-Hazard Statement: This describes the nature of the product’s hazard with a phrase assigned to the hazard class.
-Pictogram: This is a graphic symbol that is intended to visually convey specific hazard information and must include a red border (or black border for workplace labels only).
-Signal Word: It must use either “Danger” (severe) or “Warning” (less severe).
-Product Identifier: This should be identical to the product identifier on the SDS.
-Supplier Identification: The name, telephone number, and address of the supplier or manufacturer must be listed.
-Precautionary Statement: This describes recommended measures to reduce or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure.
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