Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
(Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.)
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An international mandate was adopted at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development to develop “a globally harmonized classification and compatible labeling system, including national safety data sheets and easily understandable symbols, by the year 2000”. This presentation will illustrate the efforts of the United Nations to harmonize classification of hazardous materials and the effect this will have on hazard communication and transportation within the industry. It will include an overview of the history of the proposal, implementation timetable, system structure and projected benefits. Examples of labeling, pictograms, and classification schemes will be given. Additionally, the impact GHS will have on the supplier/producer and end user of chemicals will also be discussed.