Consistent classification and labelling of chemicals worldwide

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. It is aimed at ensuring a consistent handling of dangerous substances and mixtures worldwide.

GHS Registration of chemicals

The basis of this system is the so-called UN-GHS which is a recommendation of the United Nations and which must be implemented by the individual states. The European Commission introduced GHS pursuant to the CLP regulation (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) in January 2009.

According to this CLP regulation the requirements for classifying and labelling have had to be implemented since December 2010 for substances and since June 2015 for mixtures. All substances and mixtures are assigned hazard classes and hazard categories and labelled with corresponding hazard symbols.

labelling of dangerous substances

Standardises definitions and hazard criteria will enable consistent classification and labelling of dangerous substances and mixtures worldwide.

Klüber Lubrication is in close contact with its raw material suppliers to obtain up-to-date information and complete the correct classification of its products. GHS provides a common understanding of chemical hazards to make the handling of substances safer, facilitate the global flow of goods and achieve the following improvements:

  • 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

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