A new system for naming and labelling chemicals with their hazards is being introduced globally. This new system is known as the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and has been developed by the United Nations. The GHS will be integrated into chemical
manufacturing and trade processes by Australia over the period January 2012 to December 2016.

What is the GHS?

The GHS introduces a new system of chemical hazard classification, labelling and safety data sheet requirements that enhances the protection of human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals. It does this by providing an international system of chemical hazard communication and a
uniform way of classifying chemicals that makes it safer to recognise and trade in hazardous chemicals worldwide. The goal of the GHS is to identify the inherent hazards of chemical substances and mixtures, and to convey information about these hazards. The GHS is not intended to harmonize
risk assessment procedures or risk management decisions.
Download the fact sheet from the Queensland Health Web Site.