As early as 1992, more than 150 nations agreed on a Global Harmonised System (GHS) for the classification and labelling of dangerous substances and mixtures. In Europe, this new grading system is referred to as CLP – classification, labelling and packaging. It is aimed at setting consistent rules for handling dangerous substances and mixtures worldwide.
The GHS directive was brought into force by the European Commission in January 2009. Rules for substances and mixtures are to be implemented by December 2010 and June 2015, respectively. During a period of transition, the previous and new classification and labelling systems will exist side by side.
All substances and mixtures are assigned hazard classes and hazard categories and labelled with new hazard symbols according to their grading.
Klüber Lubrication is in close contact with its raw material suppliers to complete the correct classfication as soon as possible.
What is the purpose of classification and labelling according to GHS?
Standardised definitions and hazard criteria will enable consistent classification and labelling of dangerous substances and mixtures worldwide:
- Better protection of health and environment through standardised criteria
- Simpler chemical management through standardised rules applying to all countries
- No more differentiation between dangerous substance management and dangerous goods management for transport
- Standardisation of country-specific regulations for labelling and material safety data sheets
GHS provides a common understanding of chemical hazards to make the handling of substances safer and facilitate the global flow of goods.