GHS - United Nations' Focus on Global Safety
hazardous chemicals being produced, handled and transported globally must meet GHS safety standards affecting chemical manufacturers, distributors, and end-users alike. GHS is a collection of best practices and recommendations, not a global law or regulation. Yet, even though no country is obligated to adopt all or even any part of these recommendations, more than 65 countries have adopted GHS. OSHA anticipates these standards will prevent 43 fatalities and 585 injuries annually, with a net annualized savings of over $500 million a year. Lean on LLT Labels’ expertise to ensure you comply with GHS.
Elements of a GHS Label
There are 6 key elements a GHS label must include. The exact placement of the elements on the label is not specified.
- Product Identifier/Ingredient – Chemical name, product name or other unique identifiers.
- Signal Word – Indicates the severity of the hazard of the chemical. “Danger” for severe and “Warning” for less severe.
- Hazard Statement – Standardized phrases that describe the nature and degree of hazard.
- Pictogram(s) – A black symbol on a white background with a red border that conveys information about the hazards of a chemical.
- Precautionary Statement – Standardized phrases that describe recommended measures that should be taken to minimize or prevent adverse effects that result from exposure to the chemical or improper handling.
- Supplier Identification – Name, address and phone number of the chemical manufacturer, importer or other responsible parties.
LLT Label GHS Solutions
LLT Labels can provide the best label solution for your application. Some questions we will ask are:
- What surface is the label adhering to? Is the container a smooth or textured steel drum or is it plastic?
- What is the range of temperatures the container may be exposed to? Will extreme hot and cold conditions be a factor?
- Is high humidity, saltwater or other environmental hazards a concern?
- What is the expected life of the container?
There are several options available to acquire GHS labels. You may require the ease of on-demand printing at your facility, wherein you can use a thermal transfer, laser or ink-jet printer. Or we can print all the information for you. Another option would be us preprinting certain information, such as a pictogram, and you printing your variable information on site. Whichever direction you choose, trust assured LLT Labels will provide the best possible solution for your application.
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