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Who does it affect?

GHS affects chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and any company that has hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

  1. Chemical manufacturers must re-classify their hazardous chemicals based on a common system of chemical classification defined by GHS. They must update their safety data sheets and also use GHS-compliant labels to identify their hazardous chemicals.
  2. Chemical importers/distributors must ensure the hazardous chemicals they sell have GHS-compliant safety data sheets and GHS-compliant labels.
  3. Employers with hazardous chemicals in the workplace must ensure that they have safety data sheets and labels for their exposed workers and that they are trained to handle the chemicals properly.
Where can I get more detailed information on GHS?

Visit our Industrial page for additional information about GHS, regulatory requirements and proper labeling information.

For more information on The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, visit the OSHA website at:

https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom

What is GHS?

GHS stands for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. It was developed by the United Nations and its goal is to standardize and harmonize the classification and labeling of chemicals to give universally understood warnings to users. The three major areas of impact are:

  1. Hazard Classification: Definitions of hazard now include specific criteria for classifying health and physical hazards as well as classification of mixtures. It will result in more accurate safety data sheets.
  2. Labels: Chemical manufacturers, importers and distributors must use labels that include a harmonized signal word, pictograms and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
  3. Safety Data Sheets: Now have a specific 16-section standardized format.
When did GHS take effect?

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted GHS in 2012. The timeline for implementation in the U.S. was as follows:

PHASE 1:
December 2013
Employee GHS
training begins
PHASE 2:
June 2015
Manufacturers use
compliant labels
PHASE 3:
December 2015
Distributors use
compliant labels
PHASE 4:
June 2016
In-plant labeling
fully implemented
Does GHS apply to small containers of chemicals?

Yes. Even if the hazardous chemical is in a small bottle, a manufacturer, importer or distributor must attach a GHS label to a hazardous chemical's immediate container if it is to be transported. It cannot be attached only to the outside packaging of a shipped chemical.

If a chemical manufacturer is able to show that it is not feasible to use a label (i.e. pull-out, fold-out label) or tags containing full GHS information, the shipped small chemical container at a minimum must contain the following:

  1. Product identifier
  2. Appropriate pictograms
  3. Manufacturer's name and phone number
  4. Signal word
  5. A statement indicating that the full label information for the chemical is on the outside package that is holding the smaller containers

Additionally, the outside packaging at a minimum must comply with the following:

  1. Outer label has all applicable GHS elements and it must be maintained (i.e. not torn, faded or destroyed)
  2. Information stating that the small container must be stored in the outer container which has the complete GHS label
  3. Ensure that outer packaging does not conflict with any other standard (i.e. outer packaging cannot be flammable if it contains a flammable chemical)
Does Avery have free software and templates for GHS?

Yes. Use our free Avery Design & Print GHS Wizard for a quick and easy way to create GHS labels. You can start with a blank or pre-designed template and then add GHS compliant information using a guided process. To get started on GHS Labels click here.

If I have a GHS label do I need a Department of Transportation (DOT) label?

Yes, DOT labels must still be on the external part of a shipped container and must meet therequirements set forth in 49 CFR 172, Subpart E. OSHA will allow both DOT and GHS pictograms for the same hazard on a label. While the DOT diamond label is required for all hazardous chemicals on the outside shipping container, chemicals in smaller containers inside the larger shipped container do not require the DOT diamond but do require the GHS pictograms.

What are GHS Labels?

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) and Avery UltraDuty GHS Chemical Labels. For more information, or if you need help, please visit our Support page.

1. What is GHS?

GHS stands for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. It was developed by the United Nations and its goal is to standardize and harmonize the classification and labeling of chemicals to give universally understood warnings to users. The three major areas of impact are:

  1. Hazard Classification: Definitions of hazard now include specific criteria for classifying health and physical hazards as well as classification of mixtures. It will result in more accurate safety data sheets.
  2. Labels: Chemical manufacturers, importers and distributors must use labels that include a harmonized signal word, pictograms and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
  3. Safety Data Sheets: Now have a specific 16-section standardized format.

2. When does GHS take effect?

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted GHS in 2012. The timeline for implementation in the U.S. was as follows:

PHASE 1:
December 2013
Employee GHS
training begins
PHASE 2:
June 2015
Manufacturers use
compliant labels
PHASE 3:
December 2015
Distributors use
compliant labels
PHASE 4:
June 2016
In-plant labeling
fully implemented

3. Who does it affect?

GHS affects chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and any company that has hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

  1. Chemical manufacturers must re-classify their hazardous chemicals based on a common system of chemical classification defined by GHS. They must update their safety data sheets and also use GHS-compliant labels to identify their hazardous chemicals.
  2. Chemical importers/distributors must ensure the hazardous chemicals they sell have GHS-compliant safety data sheets and GHS-compliant labels.
  3. Employers with hazardous chemicals in the workplace must ensure that they have safety data sheets and labels for their exposed workers and that they are trained to handle the chemicals properly.

4. What is required on a GHS label?

The diagram below shows an example of the main elements of a GHS label.

label requirements

A. Product Name/Identifier

Should match product identifier on SDS

B. Signal Word

Indicates relative severity of hazard

C. Hazard Statement

Describes the nature of the hazard

D. Pictograms

Symbols to convey health, physical and environmental information

E. Supplier Identification

Name, address, telephone number of supplier

F. Precautionary Statements

Measures to minimize/prevent effects of hazard (includes first aid)

GHS Pictograms and Hazard Classes
Health Hazard
  • Carcinogen
  • Mutagenicity
  • Reproductive Toxicity
  • Respiratory Sensitizer
  • Target Organ Toxicity
  • Aspiration Toxicity

Flame
  • Flammables
  • Pyrophorics
  • Self-Heating
  • Emits Flammable Gas
  • Self-Reactives
  • Organic Peroxides

Exclamation Mark
  • Irritant (skin and eye)
  • Skin Sensitizer
  • Acute Toxicity (harmful)
  • Narcotic Effects
  • Respiratory Tract Irritant
  • Hazardous to Ozone Layer
(Non-mandatory)
Gas Cylinder
  • Gases Under Pressure
  •  
  •  
Corrosion
  • Skin Corrosion/burns
  • Eye Damage
  • Corrosive to Metals
Exploding Bomb
  • Explosives
  • Self-Reactives
  • Organic Peroxides

5. What is BS5609 Certification?

Companies with chemicals that will be exported via ocean freight must also comply with British Standard BS5609. This is a requirement for International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) certification

  1. BS5609 Section 2 requires that the blank label and adhesive can withstand a three-month salt water submersion test. It also includes artificial weathering tests (salt spray and sunlight). When a label is Section 2 certified, it means the blank label is BS5609 Section 2 compliant.
  2. BS5609 Section 3 tests the printed label for abrasion resistance and permanence of print. This includes artificial weathering (salt spray & sunlight), tape removal and abrasion resistance. This test is conducted on labels printed with specific printers.

Even if you are not shipping overseas, going with a BS5609 certified material ensures a durable label that will resist falling off or fading if exposed to water or sunlight.



Avery UltraDuty GHS Chemical Labels from WePrint are BS5609 Section 2 and 3 certified.

6. Does Avery have free software and templates for GHS?

Yes. Use our free Avery Design & Print GHS Wizard for a quick and easy way to create GHS labels. You can start with a blank or pre-designed template and then add GHS compliant information using a guided process. To get started on GHS Labels click here .

7. Does GHS affect current workplace hazard labeling systems?

Yes. If a chemical is supplied to the workplace with a GHS label, it must be maintained. If the chemical is transferred to a secondary container (i.e. tank or spray bottle) that remains in the workplace, then employers can choose to have it labeled it with the same information from the original GHS shipping label or safety data sheet. However, employers can also choose to use an alternative system such NFPA or HMIS. If using an alternative system, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that the information is consistent with GHS and that workers understand specific physical and health hazards.

If the chemical is transferred to a 'portable' secondary container for use by only the person who transferred it during the same work shift, then it is considered 'immediate use' and a label is not required.

8. Does GHS apply to small containers of chemicals?

Yes. Even if the hazardous chemical is in a small bottle, a manufacturer, importer or distributor must attach a GHS label to a hazardous chemical's immediate container if it is to be transported. It cannot be attached only to the outside packaging of a shipped chemical.

If a chemical manufacturer is able to show that it is not feasible to use a label (i.e. pull-out, fold-out label) or tags containing full GHS information, the shipped small chemical container at a minimum must contain the following:

  1. Product identifier
  2. Appropriate pictograms
  3. Manufacturer's name and phone number
  4. Signal word
  5. A statement indicating that the full label information for the chemical is on the outside package that is holding the smaller containers

Additionally, the outside packaging at a minimum must comply with the following:

  1. Outer label has all applicable GHS elements and it must be maintained (i.e. not torn, faded or destroyed)
  2. Information stating that the small container must be stored in the outer container which has the complete GHS label
  3. Ensure that outer packaging does not conflict with any other standard (i.e. outer packaging cannot be flammable if it contains a flammable chemical)

9. If I have a GHS label do I need a Department of Transportation (DOT) label?

Yes, DOT labels must still be on the external part of a shipped container and must meet therequirements set forth in 49 CFR 172, Subpart E. OSHA will allow both DOT and GHS pictograms for the same hazard on a label. While the DOT diamond label is required for all hazardous chemicals on the outside shipping container, chemicals in smaller containers inside the larger shipped container do not require the DOT diamond but do require the GHS pictograms.

10. Where can I get more detailed information on GHS?

Visit our Support page for additional information about GHS, regulatory requirements and proper labeling information.

For more information on The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, visit the OSHA website at:

https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom

What is required on a GHS label?

The diagram below shows an example of the main elements of a GHS label.

label requirements

A. Product Name/Identifier

Should match product identifier on SDS

B. Signal Word

Indicates relative severity of hazard

C. Hazard Statement

Describes the nature of the hazard

D. Pictograms

Symbols to convey health, physical and environmental information

E. Supplier Identification

Name, address, telephone number of supplier

F. Precautionary Statements

Measures to minimize/prevent effects of hazard (includes first aid)

GHS Pictograms and Hazard Classes
Health Hazard
  • Carcinogen
  • Mutagenicity
  • Reproductive Toxicity
  • Respiratory Sensitizer
  • Target Organ Toxicity
  • Aspiration Toxicity

Flame
  • Flammables
  • Pyrophorics
  • Self-Heating
  • Emits Flammable Gas
  • Self-Reactives
  • Organic Peroxides

Exclamation Mark
  • Irritant (skin and eye)
  • Skin Sensitizer
  • Acute Toxicity (harmful)
  • Narcotic Effects
  • Respiratory Tract Irritant
  • Hazardous to Ozone Layer
(Non-mandatory)
Gas Cylinder
  • Gases Under Pressure
  •  
  •  
Corrosion
  • Skin Corrosion/burns
  • Eye Damage
  • Corrosive to Metals
Exploding Bomb
  • Explosives
  • Self-Reactives
  • Organic Peroxides
Does GHS affect current workplace hazard labeling systems?

Yes. If a chemical is supplied to the workplace with a GHS label, it must be maintained. If the chemical is transferred to a secondary container (i.e. tank or spray bottle) that remains in the workplace, then employers can choose to have it labeled it with the same information from the original GHS shipping label or safety data sheet. However, employers can also choose to use an alternative system such NFPA or HMIS. If using an alternative system, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that the information is consistent with GHS and that workers understand specific physical and health hazards.

If the chemical is transferred to a 'portable' secondary container for use by only the person who transferred it during the same work shift, then it is considered 'immediate use' and a label is not required.

What is BS5609 Label Certification?

Understanding BS5609 Label Certification

Companies transporting dangerous goods in marine environments (overseas) are subject to safety regulations and may require British Maritime Standards (BS5609) certification for their labeling components. This is a requirement for International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) certification. The purpose is to ensure that if a chemical drum falls off a ship that the label remains adhered, intact and legible after an extended period in the ocean. Labels need to withstand a three-month salt water submersion. BS5609 compliance means the label has met the most stringent tests for durability in the industry.

 

What is BS5609 Section 2 compliance?

Section 2 tests are conducted on the blank pressure-sensitive, adhesive-coated base material. Testing procedures include exposing the labels to artificial weathering (salt spray & sunlight), dimensional stability and adhesion.  The label must remain adhered for 3 months submerged in seawater. When a label is Section 2 compliant, it means only the blank label is BS5609 Section 2 compliant.Avery UltraDuty™ GHS Chemical Labels from WePrint are BS5609 Section 2 certified.

 

What is BS5609 Section 3 compliance?

The difference between Section 2 and Section 3 is that in Section 3 compliance, the printed label is tested, whereas Section 2 is only testing blank label stock. With Section 3 compliance, labels are tested for abrasion resistance and permanence of print. Tests include exposing the label to artificial weathering (salt spray & sunlight), tape removal and abrasion resistance.Avery UltraDuty™ GHS Chemical Labels from WePrint are BS5609 Section 3 certified.

Even if you are not shipping overseas, going with a BS5609 certified label ensures a durable label that will resist falling off or fading if exposed to water, abrasion or sunlight.


Avery UltraDuty GHS Chemical Labels by Avery WePrint are fully BS5609 certified (Sections 2 and 3).

Can I use Surface Safe Sign Labels outdoors?

Surface Safe Sign Labels are recommended for indoor use. They can be used, however, for temporary outdoor use without a problem.

How long will the Surface Safe Sign Labels be removable?

Though conditions may vary, the Sign Labels can be removed without residue or damage up to 3 years after application.

How are the designs provided OSHA and ANSI compliant?

Avery sign templates follow ANSI Z535 and OSHA 1910.145 design guidelines for usage of headers, fonts and symbols. Additionally, the material prints clearly and colors remain vibrant, for long-term readability.

Key elements of a compliant sign
What chemicals can the Surface Safe Sign Labels withstand?

Surface Safe Sign Labels can withstand cleaners like IPA, Windex® and 409®, as well as motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid and hydraulic oil.

How durable are the Surface Safe Sign Labels?

The Sign Labels are made of polyester material that is chemical, water and tear resistant, so you are assured signs will last.

What surfaces can I use Surface Safe Sign Labels on?

The adhesive is engineered to work on painted walls, drywall, metal and glass, without any residue or damage to surfaces. The Sign Labels can also be used on most hard, smooth surfaces like doors, desks and cabinets.

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Custom GHS Chemical Labels & Safety Signs by Avery WePrint

Get GHS Chemical and Safety labels professionally printed with fast delivery from Avery WePrint. Our UltraDuty GHS Chemical and Safety Labels are engineered to meet the rigorous demands of GHS and chemical containers. They're also ideal for OSHA workplace safety applications such as inspection stickers, hazard signs and warning labels that require extra durability and adhesion. Our labels are waterproof and resist chemicals, abrasions, UV light, and wear and tear.



Easily create cost-effective signs that will help maintain a safe workplace without damaging walls and paint. The sign labels are made of durable, professional-grade material and are engineered to resist water, chemicals and abrasion, and hold up to wear and tear in warehouses and on the manufacturing floor. The specially designed Surface Safe adhesive sticks securely yet removes cleanly from painted walls, drywall, metal and glass without any residue or damage to surfaces. They're great for caution signs, hazard signs, safety signs, compliance signs, warning signs, confined space and more. You can choose from hundreds of stock designs that are compliant with ANSI Z535.4-2011 and OSHA 1910.145, or easily customize your own.



We’ve got a wide selection of labels to fit almost any container. The labels are easy to customize using our Free Avery GHS Wizard design tool. Along with the GHS pictograms, you can find NFPA and HMIS templates, as well as workplace safety and inspection templates. Just pick the label size you need, customize the template using our simple step-by-step instructions and place your order.

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