The system of GHS or Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals outlays all the standards, harmonizes the classification, and then label chemicals. The primary essence of this very logical comprehensive system is based around defining the environmental, physical and health hazards that resulted from chemicals, and with the aid of data on chemicals, classifies processes to match it with hazard criteria. The many safety measures that should be taken on labels confined space permits, and safety data sheets or SDS are also incorporated in the GHS. 

Each country and its economy rely on the production and usage of chemicals among other things. In the US alone, there is a $450 billion business of chemicals and its export worth more than $80 billion every year. It is a fact that chemicals influence our lives from our health and lifestyle to every person and the whole nation. Because of the usage of chemicals, several sectors like transport, agriculture, trade and others, are to follow regulations. 

The production, transportation and consumption of chemicals are guided in a safety way through the GHS set of rules that determines health and safety. 

Through GHS, chemical hazards guidelines are developed to identify and have precautionary measures for people who will be exposed to these chemicals. The general public, workers, emergency responders and consumers are the individuals who could fall into the exposure of chemicals. The processes of classification and labelling can be both applied in the national and international levels. Read on below or visit 

The definitions of hazard and label information among several regulatory agencies are the outcome of the implementation of the GHS, and this led to the improvement of human health and convenient international trading. 

If GHS gives negative evaluation to a company, the company will have a severe penalty and this will make the company produce chemicals that are good for the masses. 

In order to have a uniform system to classify and label chemicals, the United Nations created the GHS and thus the use, storage, transport and handling of these chemicals are set along with the safety measures to go with it. All countries are expected to comply and implement these methods that will assure a consistent implementation and gives greater safety to human life and environment.

Each country implements GHS under its competent authority and they could either implement in full the recommendations or blend them with their own rules. Some countries have implemented in full the GHS, while others have adopted partially and some have not yet started, but it is expected that all will do so in the coming future. 


At the heart of GHS implementation is the SDS, wherein each manufacturer has to have these safety data sheets that should be handled by knowledgeable professionals.