GHS Label Solutions

The GHS Labeling Mandate, or Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication, requires you to communicate information about hazardous materials in your products and protective measures for handling them.

The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires the implementation of Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  GHS standards require that your labels use universally recognized components to convey information about each of the hazard classes and categories. Using symbols, signal words or hazard statements, other than those which have been assigned to each of the GHS hazard classes and categories would be contrary to harmonization.

Advantage Label is uniquely positioned to provide a complete GHS Labeling Solution, providing software, printer, labels, ribbons and technical support required to meet the complex requirements.  Customers choose Advantage for a an integrated solution which provides the following:

  • A strategic approach that starts with identifying the label sizes and variations required to attach to primary container and secondary packaging, and also the source of data that will populate the label.  An integrated solution is critical to ensure data and label accuracy and integrity.
  • Ability to tap into existing ERP systems and databases to access required data.
  • Consistency in label formatting and appearance.
  • Label compliance in any language.
  • Excellent color management, whether a high volume label printed on press, or digitally with laser, inkjet or thermal transfer.

GHS Labeling Procedures

Procedures for preparing labels in the GHS:

  • Allocation of label elements
  • Reproduction of the symbol
  • Reproduction of the hazard pictogram
  • Signal words
  • Hazard statements
  • Precautionary statements and pictograms
  • Product and supplier identification
  • Multiple hazards and precedence of information
  • Arrangements for presenting the GHS label elements
  • Special labeling arrangements

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GHS Label Elements & Symbols

The GHS provides tables for each hazard class. The tables detail the label elements (symbol, signal word, hazard statement) that have been assigned to each of the hazard categories of the GHS. Following are the hazard symbols, which should be used in the GHS:

Advantage Label GHS pictograms

Allocation of Compliant GHS Label Elements

GHS label pictogram of label components

What is GHS? It stands for Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals – A government regulation to communicate hazard information, as well as protective measures on labels.  Under the GHS standard, new labels must include several components so they are universally recognized including:

  1. Product Identifier: The commercial name and chemical name of the product should match the SDS.
  2. Signal Word: An alert to the severity of the hazard for example “Danger” or “Warning”.
  3. Pictograms: The GHS Pictograms are intended to quickly convey specific hazard information visually.
  4. Hazard & Precautionary Statement: Describes the nature of the hazard and advises measures to prevent adverse effects.
  5. First Aid Statement: Emergency care information.
  6. Supplier Information: Name, address and phone number of the manufacturer or supplier.


When does GHS go into effect?

June 1, 2015: Deadline for manufacturers to start using new labels

December 1, 2015: Deadline for product distributors to begin using new labels.

For shipments within the continental United States: Ribbons from Advantage will work for GHS, however as always it is recommended that the ribbon and label are tested for specific applications to insure it meets specifications.

For shipments on international waters: The IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods) requires a BS 5609 certification. This British Standard requires resistance to marine immersion (salt water), weathering (UV exposure), temperature cycling and abrasion. This certification is similar to UL in that the ribbon and label must be approved as a combination, the ink alone is not BS 5609 compliant. Full resin ribbons from Advantage are APPROVED with specified base materials to meet the most demanding chemical drum label applications.

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There are many different aspects to GHS Labeling standards when labeling small packages, items in the workplace, and more. Our staff has dedicated GHS compliance specialist who will make sure you get the right label for your product, and for your applications.

To learn more, give us a call today at 1-800-260-0939 or contact us online today.

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