The Global Harmonisation System is a United Nations created system for the Classification, Labelling and Safety Data Sheets for Chemicals on a global basis – It is often known as GHS for short.
Australia has signed up to the new system and will be compulsory for all chemicals sold in Australia from 1st January 2017.
It is already operational in the USA, Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand and Europe as the main tool for classifying and labelling chemicals in the workplace so Australia will follow the implementation to this agreed time scale.
Essentially the GHS System, developed by the United Nations and adopted here in Australia brings a NEW system of classifying chemicals, labelling chemicals and a new structure safety data sheet. It stated objective is to raise the awareness of health and environmental hazards in the workplace.
The system will impact greatly on chemical manufacturers and distributors with some key requirements for labelling and SDS structure and management.
We can help your team in this process through Training and Consultancy in understanding the obligations on your particular business operations.
We are covering the key GHS Employer Obligations in our 4 hour GHS Awareness Training that is available in 2018. This will help provide a detailed framework about what all operations need to manage as part of this project.
The requirements of GHS are particularly stringent if you are supplying chemicals to customers in Australia and must understand the new obligations and requirements covering the issue, structure and supply of safety data sheets and also the new labelling requirements.
We advise you to regularly check our GHS News Page for updates in 2018 in this key area of Chemical Safety.
Please call General Manager Craig Watt to discuss our services in this area on 0434 928178