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:
Procedures for preparing labels in the GHS:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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