The “Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals” (GHS) is an internationally agreed-upon system adopted by the United Nations in 2003 and by OSHA in 2013.
It was created for the unified classification and labeling of chemicals. GHS establishes a common way of communicating chemical hazard information including the use of a very standardized approach to the content and structure of safety labels pertaining to chemical products.
If you’re a product manufacturer with chemical hazards related to your products or processes, we recommend using the appropriate GHS pictogram in the symbol panel of your product safety label.
Nine GHS pictograms make up the GHS symbol vocabulary for defining specific types of chemical-related hazards. The use of each pictogram is determined by the predefined hazard classification of the chemical of concern. These pictograms – representing hazards and meanings like carcinogens, flammables, irritants, gases under pressure, explosives, skin corrosion/burns, oxidizers and aquatic toxicity – are used on labels appearing on chemical products and on their accompanying safety data sheet (SDS). The purpose in using these pictograms is to visually alert those who come in contact with hazardous chemicals of the risks they may be exposed to and their need to take precautionary steps to protect themselves from harm. Each GHS pictogram consists of a distinctive black symbol appearing on a white background framed inside a red diamond-shaped border.
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