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 MilliporeSigma is doing?

    MilliporeSigma 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

    MilliporeSigma at the forefront of regulatory affairs: new GHS labeling
  • GHS Training

    MilliporeSigma 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.

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