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GHS Chemical Labeling Compliance: Requirements & Solutions

Until recently, chemical labels were regulated by standards created by individual nations, usually with advice and commentary from related industry groups. We are now moving into an era of globalization, in which the manufacturing, packaging, transport, sale, and use of chemicals and chemical products is accomplished by a globally interconnected supply chain.

Driven by the recognition that chemicals must be classified and labeled under a universally understood communications system in order to avoid risks to human health and the environment, every nation in the world has agreed to harmonize chemical hazard communications under a system developed by the United Nations (UN) and the International Labor Organization (ILO). This Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, commonly known as GHS, was adopted by consensus in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

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