Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS): Implementation at Henkel Adhesive Technologies Singapore
What is GHS?
GHS is the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) developed by the United Nations and internationally agreed upon. It was developed to promote a universal standard for hazard classification and hazard communication around the world. However, the standard is not compulsory and participating countries are allowed to adopt only portions of it. Therefore, while GHS is a significant step toward the development of a single global standard, GHS will not lead to true global harmonization of hazard classification and hazard communication.
Is GHS relevant to Singapore?
Yes, GHS implementation in Singapore is planned and coordinated by National GHS Task Force that is led by Ministry of Manpower and represented by industries and government agencies. In November 2008, SS586:2008 and GHS Guidebook were launched by SPRING Singapore providing clear GHS criteria and guidance requirements to industry. On 7 March 2014, SS586:2014 and GHS Guidebook 2nd revision were launched in view of the GHS update by United Nations. Industries affected by GHS implementation will need to comply based on phasing in timelines. Chemical manufacturer of mixtures phase in timeline is by May 31 2015.
What is the impact on Henkel?
Henkel, as a chemical manufacturer/importer, will be required to evaluate the hazards of every industrial product according to GHS and prepare labels and SDSs in the new format to convey the hazard information to downstream users. Henkel Corporation is committed to complying with the requirements and will ensure compliance by GHS deadline of May 31 2015 for Singapore.
As a customer, what changes can I expect to see?
The new GHS will lead to significant changes to all Henkel Adhesive Technologies SDSs and industrial hazard warning labels. Henkel will phase in GHS compliant SDSs and labels over a period of time. During this period you can expect to see both old and new format SDSs and labels. As with the old standard, GHS does not apply to consumer products. Therefore, consumer labels will remain unchanged.
As part of the GHS implementation, Henkel has decided to discontinue the use of Hazardous Materials Information System (HMIS) ratings on our SDSs and labels. You can read more about our decision in the attached HMIS document at the bottom of the page.
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GHS Implementation Resources
The information provided on this page is for reference purposes only and reflects Henkel’s understanding and actions underway to address GHS. We encourage customers and distributors to consult their own regulatory advisors and legal counsel regarding specific actions within their company and region.
For detailed information on the GHS regulation, please visit WSH Council website: www.wshc.sg/ghs