Have you implemented the GHS, if not let us know so we can help you get through this quickly because 2016 is here
What is the GHS?
GHS stands for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), it is a single internationally agreed system of chemical classification and hazard communication through labelling and Safety Data Sheets (SDS), it will be implemented into the Australian work health & safety legislation from 1 January 2017.
GHS promises to deliver several distinct benefits. Among them are:
- Promoting regulatory efficiency.
- Facilitating trade.
- Easing compliance.
- Reducing costs.
- Providing improved, consistent hazard information.
- Encouraging the safe transport, handling and use of chemicals.
- Promoting better emergency response to chemical incidents.
- Reducing the need for animal testing.
Wow! What a handful of benefits!
Wait there is more.........don't get rid of the old DG labels yet, did you know that the GHS standards does not replace the 250x250mm & 300x300mm outdoor stickers which are commonly used for transport and shipping under the ADG Code.
The GHS labels are not required for the outside of shipping containers, only the inner cartons or bottles. The labels on the outside of shipping container (20' or 40') are to indicate the presence of dangerous goods and identifying hazardous or harmful products in the workplace,
This means the current large (250 & 300mm) DG labels will not be changed.