Globally Harmonized Systems
The UN developed Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) to bring global standardization to hazard labeling and communication through the consistent use of cautionary terminology and icons. It's intended to help improve safety. This change to hazard communication standards will provide a common approach to classifying chemicals and communicating product safety information on labels and safety data sheets. Once implemented, the revised standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of chemicals.
Globally, Ecolab authors nearly 100,000 SDSs annually in approximately 66 different country specific templates and 43 languages. In the U.S., Ecolab helped with training for more than 9,000 customers and trained our own employees on the new GHS standards in 2013. With implementation deadlines approaching in Europe and the U.S. in 2015, Ecolab is working hard to help customers meet their product safety goals.
In countries where GHS has been adopted and implemented, you can count on Ecolab to provide products that are classified and labeled according to GHS rules and to help you understand what the rules require.