Globally Harmonized Systems

Around the world, Ecolab is partnering with customers and suppliers to implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

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.

What is GHS?

GHS is a new global classification system for chemicals. It will be used to communicate hazards on product labels and safety data sheets (SDS, formerly known in some countries/regions as the material safety data sheet [MSDS]). It has been developed through the United Nations, and will apply to products used in many countries and industries. In implementing this new system, the hazard classification of some Ecolab products will change.
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OSHA Guidelines

Visit the OSHA Website to learn more about Hazard Communications Guidelines and Standards in the USA.
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Register for GHS training

Employees that handle chemicals must be trained on changes due to OSHA's adoption of GHS.

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