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Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Safework Australia has produced new guidance on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling for Chemicals which was developed under the auspices of the United Nations.

The new Guidance document can be found by clicking this link.

The new Guidance is intended for Australian manufacturers and importers of chemicals who have a duty under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act and Regulations to classify them.

The Guidance may also be useful for suppliers, persons undertaking business, workers, and other persons involved with hazardous chemicals.

The document provides information and guidance on:

1.  The transitional arrangements for implementation of the GHS under the WHS Regulations, including when classifications, labels and safety data sheets need to be revised;

2.  How to translate existing classifications for hazardous substances and dangerous goods to meet GHS requirements; and

3.  The requirements in the WHS Regulations that apply to the classification of specific types of hazardous chemicals.

4.  What information is required on labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and whether certain provisions in work health and safety laws apply to their handling, use and storage in the workplace.

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