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GHS Compliance Standards

 

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Ask MG about chemicals and products conforming to this NEW standard
GHS is an acronym for The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The GHS is a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labeling of chemicals. It is a logical and comprehensive approach to:
  • Defining health, physical and environmental hazards of chemicals;
  • Creating classification processes that use available data on chemicals for comparison with the defined hazard criteria; and
  • Communicating hazard information, as well as protective measures, on labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Many countries already have regulatory systems in place for these types of requirements. These systems may be similar in content and approach, but their differences are significant enough to require multiple classifications, labels and safety data sheets for the same product when marketed in different countries, or even in the same country when parts of the life cycle are covered by different regulatory authorities. This leads to inconsistent protection for those potentially exposed to the chemicals, as well as creating extensive regulatory burdens on companies producing chemicals. For example, in the United States (U.S.) there are requirements for classification and labelling of chemicals for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

For a complete history, explanation, and regulations, please go to the OSHA website.


Chemical Labeling

Avantor
Honeywell
LabChem
generic compliance label
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In 2015 OSHA brought the U.S. in line with United Nations globally agreed upon chemical labeling guidelines. Formerly known as “Right to Know”, GHS is the implementation of “Right to Understand”. This new system for labeling of chemicals designed to prevent more work place injuries and improve commercial trade for chemical manufacturers by standardizing labeling requirements globally. Beginning in the summer of 2015, you began to see chemical products distributed by MG Scientific conforming to this new standard.
for a specific manufacturers list of chemicals, select below:
Avantor chemical list  Honeywell B&J chemical list LabChem chemical list    

Wash Bottle Identification

Wash Bottles
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New Regulations took affect February 2015 that required use of GHS system for chemical labeling and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) instead of USDS.
  • Some labs and industrial facilities may continue to use the legacy NFPA diamond labeling system for internal secondary chemical containers like wash bottles
  • Some will stick with the old system for temporary container labels for now – updating as usage demands
  • Some will want to change everything over to the new GHS system now
On December 1, 2015, all new labels were required to change to the new system for the sake of consistency in labeling.