GHS Labels (Global Harmonisation System)

Australian hazardous subtance manufacturers, dangerous goods manufacturers and importers must be fully compliant with the GHS from Jan 1st 2017!

Label Makers are manufacturers and nationwide suppliers for all of your GHS Labelling requirements including the Nine Pictogram Labels required under the new Global Harmonisation System (GHS), due to come in to force January 1st 2017.

Our GHS Pictogram labels are fully compliant with the international guidelines for GHS Pictogram Printing and the nine pictograms we supply include; 

 

  • GHS Corrosive Labels

  • GHS Flammable Labels

  • GHS Explosive Labels

  • GHS Compressed Gas Labels

  • GHS Oxidising Labels

  • GHS Toxic Labels

  • GHS Health Hazard Labels

  • GHS Harmful/Irritant Labels

  • GHS Danger To The Environment Labels

We stock a range of GHS Pictograms in different sizes, and on Vinyls or Paper. We are able to provide you with advice on which substrates would be better suited to your application. Just call us and speak to one of our trained GHS label advisors.

 

We are also able to supply you with everything you need to produce your own GHS labels on demand if required. We supply the printers, ribbons, labels, software and technical support that you may require to produce your own GHS labels on demand.

 

The Six Elements of a GHS label

We manufacture GHS blanks like these, for use through your standard single colour direct thermal, or thermal transfer printer, which can be personalised on demand.

Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). Information provided courtesy of SafeWork Australia

 

GHS Hazardous Chemical Information List

Safe Work Australia has published a list of chemicals classified in accordance with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (the GHS). This list contains the vast majority of chemicals currently in HSIS. The chemicals in this list have been classified by an authoritative source, such as the European Commission or the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme.

 

Download a copy of this list.

 

Email queries about the list can be directed to HSIS feedback.

 

What is the GHS?

The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a single internationally agreed system of chemical classification and hazard communication through labelling and Safety Data Sheets (SDS). The GHS is published by the United Nations and is sometimes referred to as ‘the purple book’. It includes harmonised criteria for the classification of:

  • physical hazards,

  • health hazards, and

  • environmental hazards.

 

The new WHS Regulations reference the 3rd Revised Edition of the GHS, which can be downloaded here.

 

It is expected that the GHS will provide trade benefits to industry as well as improved health and safety outcomes through use of internationally consistent hazard communication elements.

 

What is Hazard Communication?

Hazard communication is a term used to describe how critical information about the hazards of chemicals and any precautions necessary to ensure safe storage, handling and disposal, are conveyed to users of chemicals. 

In the GHS, hazards are communicated to chemical users through a combination of symbols as well as words, in the form of signal words, hazard statements and precautionary statements. These are intended to appear on labels and in SDS.

 

Signal Words

The GHS uses ‘Danger’ and ‘Warning’ as signal words to indicate the relative level of severity of a hazard. ‘Danger’ is used for the more severe or a significant hazard, while ‘Warning’ is used for the less severe hazards.

 

Hazard Statements

Hazard statements are assigned to a class and category that describes the nature of the hazards of a chemical, including, where appropriate, the degree of hazard.

 

Precautionary Statements

Precautionary statements describe the recommended measures that should be taken to minimise or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure, or improper storage or handling of a hazardous chemical. The GHS categorizes precautionary statements according to whether they relate to prevention, response, storage and disposal. 

 

Key GHS Documents
 
Useful external links:

The current GHS documents may be found at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) website:

Please note: The sample images shown here are for illustrative purposes only and may not be a true representation, as class labels are subject to legislative changes periodically. Label Makers ensure that all of its GHS label artwork is current and complies with the relevant legislation at your time of purchase.