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The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)

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Currently many different countries have different systems for classification and labelling of chemical products. In addition, several different systems can exist even within the same country. This situation has been expensive for governments to regulate and enforce, costly for companies who have to comply with many different systems, and confusing for workers who need to understand the hazards of a chemical in order to work safely.

The purpose of this module is to provide information on Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), why it was developed, and how it relates to the sound management of chemicals.

Components:

Overview

Introduction

  • What is the GHS?
  • Background
  • Why was the GHS developed?
  • What was the International Mandate?
  • What are the benefits?
  • How is the GHS to be applied?
  • Are all chemicals covered by the GHS?
  • Will all hazardous chemicals require a GHS label and Safety Data Sheet?
  • How will the GHS impact existing regulations?
  • How will the GHS impact countries without existing regulations?
  • What is Classification?
  • Hazard Classification

Physical hazards

  • Explosives
  • Flammable Gases
  • Flammable Aerosols
  • Oxidizing Gases
  • Gases Under Pressure
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Flammable Solids
  • Self-Reactive Substances
  • Pyrophoric Liquids
  • Pyrophoric Solids
  • Self-Heating Substances
  • Substances which, in contact
    with water emit flammable gases
  • Oxidizing Liquids
  • Oxidizing Solids
  • Organic Peroxides
  • Corrosive to Metals

Health hazards

  • Acute Toxicity
  • Skin Corrosion/Irritation
  • Serious Eye Damage/Eye Irritation
  • Respiratory or Skin Sensitization
  • Germ Cell Mutagenicity
  • Carcinogenicity
  • Reproductive Toxicology
  • Target Organ Systemic Toxicity – Single Exposure
  • Target Organ Systemic Toxicity – Repeated Exposure
  • Aspiration Toxicity

Environmental hazards

  • Hazardous to the Aquatic Environment
    • Acute aquatic toxicity
    • Chronic aquatic toxicity

Mixtures

  • What is the GHS approach to classifying mixtures?
  • What are bridging principles?
  • What testing is required?

Hazard communication

  • What factors influenced development of the GHS communication tools?
  • Labels
    • Symbols/Pictograms
    • Signal Words
    • Hazard Statements
    • GHS Pictograms and Hazard Classes
    • Transport “Pictograms”
    • Acute oral toxicity
  • Precautionary Statements and Pictograms
  • Product Identifier (Ingredient Disclosure)
  • Supplier Identification
  • Supplemental Information
  • How are multiple hazards handled on labels?
  • Is there a specific GHS label format / layout?
  • What about risk?
  • Are workplace containers covered in the GHS?
  • What is the GHS Safety Data Sheet (SDS)?
  • What is the difference between the GHS SDS and existing MSDSs/SDSs?
  • When should SDSs and labels be updated?
  • How does the GHS address Confidential Business Information (CBI)?
  • Does the GHS address training?

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