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GHS Labels

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The GHS is an acronym for The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. It is a system for harmonizing hazard classification criteria and chemical hazard communication elements worldwide.

GHS labels on primary shipping containers of chemicals must have six key elements in order to be compliant to the HazCom 2012 standard. All chemicals shipped from chemical manufacturers after June 1, 2015, must contain these six elements.

Primary chemical containers are bags, barrels, bottles, boxes, cans, cylinders and drums. These containers should be labeled following the GHS mandates per the GHS label example below and include all six labeling elements.

danger label

The GHS label example above includes these six elements:

  1. Signal Word. The signal word indicates hazard level. It’s like a safety sign header for your chemicals. “Danger” is used for the most severe instances, while “Warning” is less severe.
  2. GHS Symbols (Hazard Pictograms). These are used to identify hazardous products and are commonly grouped by chemical/physical risk, health risk and environmental risk.
  3. Manufacturer Information. This identifies the manufacturer’s company name, address and telephone number.
  4. Precautionary Statements/First Aid. These are phrases that are tied to each hazard statement. They describe general preventative, response, storage or disposal precautions. These statements will be found on the chemical’s Safety Data Sheet. Similar to Hazard Statements, Precautionary Statements can be identified by a P-Code (like P100).
  5. Hazard Statements. These are phrases that describe the nature of hazardous products and the degree of hazard. Hazard statements should be found on the chemical’s Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and identified by an H-Code (like H100).
  6. Product Name or Identifiers. Simply identify the product or chemical name. Additional identifiers can be noted to the right of the Manufacturer’s information (#1).

GHS Pictogram Guide

GHS pictograms are symbols with red diamond borders that are designed to provide hazard information to handlers of chemicals universally at a glance. There are 9 different pictograms that identify risks in three different categories including: chemical/physical, health or environmental.
warning symbols on labels