Adjustment to the GHS System
The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is a technical approach developed to define the specific hazards of each chemical, to create classification criteria using available data on chemicals and their already defined hazards, and to organize and facilitate the communication of hazard information on labels and Safety Data Sheets for Chemicals (FISPQs).
The use of GHS aims to harmonize the criteria for the classification and labeling of chemicals as dangerous worldwide, thus promoting responsible handling. This facilitates global trade in chemicals, while protecting human health and the environment.
The GHS integrates the technical work of three organizations: International Labor Organization (ILO), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNCETDG), with explanatory information. The document provides building blocks or deployment modules for regulators to develop or modify existing national programs that ensure the safe use of chemicals throughout their life cycle.
In itself, the GHS is not a regulation, as each country is encouraged to adopt it in its own legislation. The instructions presented provide a mechanism to meet the basic requirements for a good risk communication system. As a main focus, the GHS technically facilitates the decision whether the chemical manufactured or supplied is dangerous or not and, in addition, sets out rules for preparing appropriate labels and FISPQ’s. The document is known as Purple Book, and is in its 7th edition (published in 2017).
With the publication in 2009 of standard ABNT NBR 14725:2009 parts 1,2,3 and 4, as of February 2011, products made up of pure substances must already be mandatorily classified, labeled and provided with FISPQ in accordance with the GHS. Products made up of mixtures (the majority) can voluntarily adopt the GHS, which will be mandatory from June 2015. Thus, it is necessary to contract this service, provided through our specialists.