About GHS

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is the new way of classifying substances and mixtures that has replaced the Dutch Dangerous Chemical Substances Act. Just like the ADR, the GHS is based on the UN Recommendations and has the same design and system. In addition to the classification of substances and mixtures, labelling is also a mandatory part of GHS.

What has changed on the labels?

New pictograms (symbols):

 

R and S statements changed to H and P statements
R and S statements will be printed on the packaging of all hazardous substances. The R statements indicate the Risk (hence, R) . The S statements refer to Safety. As a result of the introduction of the GHS, these statements have been replaced by H and P statements. The H statements indicate there is a Hazard. The P statements refer to precautionary measures.

Which requirements must the GHS label meet?

The label should at least contain the following information:

  • nominal amount of the substance in the packaging offered to the public
  • details of the supplier (name, address, telephone number)
  • product identification (for example, identification number and name)
  • hazard symbol(s)
  • signal words (danger or warning)
  • hazard statements (H phrases)
  • Precautionary measures (P statements)
  • supplemental information


The label must be worded in the official language of the member state in which the substance or the mixture is marketed, unless the member state decides otherwise. Suppliers may use multiple languages on the label. The one condition that applies in that case is that the same information must be provided in all languages used.

Colour and design of the label are not prescribed. However, the label must be presented in such a way that the hazard symbol is conspicuous. All communication elements must be clear and indelible. The regulation also prescribes the dimensions for the label in Appendix I for hazardous substances. The dimensions are given in the table below. The new designation on the labels for substances is mandatory from December 1, 2010. For mixtures, this will be mandatory from June 1, 2015. There is a transitional period for labelling and packaging for both.

Contents of the packaging Dimension (in mm)
Not more than 3 litres: if possible, at least 52 x 74
More than 3 litres, but not more than 50 litres: at least 74 x 105
More than 50 litres, but not more than 500 litres: at least 105 x 148
More than 500 litres: at least 148 x 210

 

Transitional period for labelling.

The new designation on the labels for substances is mandatory from December 1, 2010. For mixtures, this will be mandatory from June 1, 2015. There is a transitional period for labelling and packaging for both.

For substances, this will be: Substances delivered before December 1, 2010 will be exempt until December 1, 2012.

For mixtures, this will mean: Mixtures delivered before June 1, 2015 will be exempt until June 1, 2017.

GHS print solutions:

CAB XC series label printers.
Pre-printed labels with the red diamond frame, in which you can print variable batch specific information yourself, such as the H and P statements, using a label printer.
Entirely customer specific pre-printed GHS labels.


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