GHS Labels


GHS has standardized the format of labels so that all will have the same headings. Standard phrases must be used to describe the various hazards.

The standard GHS label is designed to provide:

  • Identification of the substance
  • Hazard identification
  • Composition/ingredients
  • First-aid measures
  • Fire fighting measures
  • Accidental release measures
  • Handling and storage
  • Exposure controls/personal protection
  • Physical and chemical properties
  • Stability and reactivity
  • Toxicological information
  • Ecological information
  • Disposal considerations
  • Transportation information
  • Regulatory information
  • Other information dates/revision

Workplace and Workers

In the U.S., regulatory requirements for workplace labels are 'performance oriented'. This results at a minimum in a straightforward label that has a product identity, hazard statement and supplier identification (see below). Some products can also have additional labelling requirements depending on their end use.

However, many companies follow the voluntary ANSI Z129.1 Precautionary Labelling Standard for workplace labelling and often use it also for labelling consumer products. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard includes several label elements that are core to the GHS as well as other helpful elements to assist users in safe handling

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However, many companies follow the voluntary ANSI Z129.1 Precautionary Labelling Standard for workplace labelling and often use it also for labelling consumer products. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard includes several label elements that are core to the GHS as well as other helpful elements to assist users in safe handling.

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Consumer Products and Consumers

In several countries consumer products are regulated separately from workplace chemicals. In the U.S. the CPSC regulates consumer products. Consumer products have required label elements, but only the signal words are specified. The ANSI labelling standard is often used in developing consumer labels.

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Transport and Emergency Responders

For hazardous products being transported, outer containers have required label elements, product identifier and hazard symbols. Transportation requirements are in addition to workplace or end use label requirements.

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Agricultural Chemicals and Pesticides

In many systems, agricultural chemicals often have special label requirements. In the U.S. the EPA is the agency covering these chemicals. A pesticide product with the same hazards as ToxiFlam would have a label developed using FIFRA requirements. FIFRA has requirements for product identity, chemical identity, signal word, hazard statements, and precautionary measures including first aid.

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