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Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS, Rev.7)

Published: July 2017

The GHS addresses classification of chemicals by types of hazard and proposes harmonized hazard communication elements, including labels and safety data sheets. It aims at ensuring that information on physical hazards and toxicity from chemicals be available in order to enhance the protection of human health and the environment during the handling, transport and use of these chemicals.

The GHS also provides a basis for harmonization of rules and regulations on chemicals at national, regional and worldwide level.

This seventh revised edition of the GHS contains various new or revised provisions including, inter alia, revised criteria for categorisation of flammable gases within Category 1; miscellaneous amendments intended to clarify the definitions of some health hazard classes; additional guidance to extend the coverage of section 14 of the Safety Data Sheets to all bulk cargoes transported under instruments of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), regardless of their physical state; revised and further rationalized precautionary statements in Annex 3; and a new example in Annex 7 addressing labelling of small packagings with fold-out labels.

ST/SG/AC.10/30/Rev.7
Sales No. E.17.II.E.1
ISBN: 978- 92-1-117131-0

Languages: E, F (R, S,A, C forthcoming)