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Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
Work health and safety (WHS) legislation has introduced into Australia a new system of chemical classification and hazard communication called the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). By 2017, this system will replace current systems used for classifying workplace chemicals and will standardise information on labels and Safety Data Sheets.
Workplaces in states that have not adopted the model WHS legislation will still be affected by the introduction of the GHS as labels and Safety Data Sheets are written to the new format and interstate and overseas customers demand the requirements of the GHS are complied with.
The GHS is a single internationally agreed system of chemical classification and hazard communication through labelling and SDS. The GHS is published by the United Nations and includes harmonised criteria for the classification of physical hazards, health hazards and environmental hazards.
For modifications to the requirements of the GHS, refer to Schedule 6 of the WHS Regulations.
More information and answers to frequently asked questions is available from Safe Work Australia.