The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals is a worldwide initiative to promote standard criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health, physical and environmental hazards.

It was developed by the United Nations because systems already in place worldwide create multiple classifications and inconsistent protection for those potentially exposed to the chemicals, as well as creating extensive regulatory burdens on companies producing chemicals.

The GHS itself is not a regulation or a standard. It is simply a document that establishes agreed hazard classification and communication provisions with information on how to apply the system.

The GHS uses pictograms, hazard statements, and the signal words “Danger” and “Warning” to communicate hazard information on product labels and safety data sheets in a logical and comprehensive way. The primary goal of GHS is better protection of human health and the environment by providing chemical users and handlers with enhanced and consistent information on chemical hazards.

While updating the TargetSolutions library to the new hazard classification system will be a large task, it will affect 26 of our courses, we understand the importance and are in the process of making the changes. The updates to our health and safety training courses, including Right to Know (Hazard Communication), Advanced HAZWOPER Awareness, HAZMAT Spill and Prevention and Control, and HAZMAT Transporation, are scheduled to be completed in 2013.

For more information on the GHS, please visit its website.