Here at Label Bar, we aim to be industry leaders, supplying labels for the health and safety sector. With over a decade of experience in the field, we continue innovate within the labelling industry. Our goal is to provide the largest range of labels that you could need, including GHS Regulation labels. Today we are going to turn our attention to GHS regulation label compliance.
What are GHS Regulation Labels?
GHS refers to the Globally Harmonised System standards for chemical safety and hazard information. This has been in place since 2016, so using these labels means your business will be compliant with the latest safety regulations when it comes to labels in the workplace, as well as if chemicals are distributed, transported or transferred between facilities. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are used in order to check GHS compliance.
Safety Data Sheets
Safety Data Sheets consist of sixteen different sections, with the first eight sections containing general information that can help with GHS labels. This includes information about how to identify the chemical and its composition, as well as handling and storage details, any exposure limits, and advice for what to do in emergency situations. The following three sections contain technical and scientific information such as the physical and chemical properties, stability, reactivity and toxicological information. Sections twelve to fifteen provide information governed by Non-OSHA Agencies, such as environmental information regarding disposal and transportation information. The final section consists of any additional information that is not recorded in another part of the SDS.
What Information is Needed on a GHS Label?
Since 2012, the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard 1910.1200(f)(1) has included six specific elements, which align with GHS standards for labelling potentially hazardous chemical containers. The first element is a product name or an identification number, which refers to the specific hazardous chemical. A signal word such as “danger” or “warning” is used in combination with a hazard statement to communicate how severe the hazard is, and the nature of the hazard. A pictogram is used to so that it is not necessary to know the language to understand the message of the hazard. These globally standardised black and white symbols are surrounded by red diamonds that display the health, physical and environmental information. Precautionary statements are also displayed in order to demonstrate any action that can be taken to minimise or prevent any impact of the hazard. Finally, the GHS label will show the supplier identification, including the name, address and telephone number of the supplier.
To find out more information about our range of GHS regulation stickers and labels, please get in contact with us via our web contact form, or by emailing us at Sales@LabelBar.co.uk. Alternatively, can speak with a member of our staff directly by calling us on 01325 525 675. We will be happy to help you with any queries you may have for us.