Globally Harmonized System of Classification (GHS)



Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

In December 2002, the United Nations published the GHS in the so-called "Purple Book" with a description of harmonized classification and labelling criteria. The goal of GHS is to harmonize the various existing classification and labelling systems all over the world. Because of the various evaluation criteria, it has long been the case that one and the same substance can be classified as poisonous, harmful to health, or even not harmful. This leads to different levels of protection in terms of occupational health and safety, consumer protection, and environmental protection.

GHS offers the first-ever globally uniform basis for the evaluation of substance properties. GHS establishes the requirement for a globally high protection level for human health and the environment.

The resulting harmonized hazard communication includes criteria for classification and labelling as well as hazardous substance labelling and requirements for the creation of Safety Data Sheets.

  • What Merck Millipore is doing?

    Merck Millipore is putting the product and regulatory expertise it has developed over many years at the service of GHS
  • Facts and Deadlines

    A brief overview of the essential milestones
  • Labeling

    Merck Millipore at the forefront of regulatory affairs: new GHS labeling
  • Presentations (PDF)

    In brief: a summary of the facts you should know
  • GHS & Safety (PDF)

    Ready for the start with Merck Millipore
  • GHS Pocket Guide (PDF)

    Carry the most important facts on GHS always with you. 
  • GHS Poster (PDF)

    A simplified and exemplary view on GHS.
  • Safety in the Lab Poster (PDF)

    Overview on Hazard and Precautionary Statements. 
  • GHS Training

    Merck Millipore provides its employees with intensive training on GHS. This training offer is now also available to interested customers. Please make use of it.
  • NEW - GHS Questionnaire

    Test and improve your knowledge about GHS with this interactive questionnaire.
  • Other GHS Resources

    Read more about GHS. 
 
 
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