What Is GHS Chemical Identification Labeling?
Does your company know how to label their hazardous chemicals?
by Timmy Thermal
Are you in manufacturing? Do you work with pipelines, storage tanks, railroad tankers, feed hoppers, or any sort of hazardous materials? Well, if you do, you’re required by law to label them according to a very specific system. Knowing what GHS chemical identification labeling is is very important!
Globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals, or otherwise known as GHS, is a international labeling standard and regulation for the identification of hazardous chemicals and materials. GHS labeling is crucial because it serves several important functions. First, it helps to keep health a priority when dealing with possible hazardous chemicals by clearly marking chemicals. Second, it helps classify chemicals, by making a standard of hazard criteria definitions. Third, it sends a message containing the information about the chemicals which can act as a precaution warning.
Here is what they can look like. There are four squares in a diamond, each with their own number, from 0 to 4.0 stands for “no hazard,” while 4 is the most hazardous. The red signifies flammability, blue signifies risks for health, and yellow signifies reactivity, and white signifies any special warnings. They may also simply be a red diamond with a symbol in the middle.
Compliance can be different depending on where your chemicals or going. For chemicals not being moved through an international waterway, you should pick from pre-tested thermal transfer labels and ribbon combos depending on the chemical being labeled. If you are transporting it through an international waterway, they must be classified as International Maritime dangerous goods, or IMDG compliant labels.
Chemicals will utilize an IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods) for compliant label; British 5609 that is the Marine Immersion Label testing part of this certification. It outlines necessities for pressure-sensitive labels on chemicals being transported over the ocean.
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