GHS Labeling

By: Jeff Miller, President | September 15, 2015


We hope you have found our blog posts over the past couple of weeks helpful as we have tried to provide education about the new requirements for chemical-distribution businesses that are now based on the Global Harmonization System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). In today’s post, we will further discuss what is required in labeling according to this new standard.

As you are aware, OSHA has updated the requirements for labeling hazardous chemicals under its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). Labels, as defined in the HCS, are “an appropriate group of written, printed or graphic informational elements concerning a hazardous chemical that are affixed to, printed on, or attached to the immediate container of a hazardous chemical or to the outside packaging.”

Chemical manufacturers, importers, or distributors must make sure that each container of hazardous chemicals leaving their facility is labeled, tagged or marked with the appropriate information. Each label must contain a product identifier, a signal word, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and pictograms, as well as the name, address and telephone number of the responsible party.

To develop labels under the revised HCS, manufacturers, importers and distributors must first identify and classify the chemical hazards. Appendices A (Health Hazard Criteria), B (Physical Hazard Criteria), and C (Allocation of Label Elements) are all mandatory, and supplemental information can also be provided as needed.

A sample HCS label is shown below and can be found on OSHA’s website.  

As you know by now (and as you can see above), the GHS label requirements are very specific, and the design aspect of your label can quickly be lost. One of the great things about our GHS-conversion software is the custom label option we offer through software integration with third-party programs such as Bartender and Publisher. Stay tuned in to the blog as we will dive deeper into custom labeling in the coming weeks.

As always, we at Focus Systems™ are here to serve you. If your company needs assistance in achieving GHS-compliance within your labeling process, we would love to show you how our software product ChemScribe® can help. Contact us to learn more and to set up your free trial today!


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