Globally harmonized system of classification and labelling of chemicals ghs 111 purpose 1111 the use of chemicals to enhance and improve life is a widespread practice worldwide but alongside the benefits of these products there is also the potential for adverse effects to people or the environment. The ghs is an acronym for the globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals the ghs is a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labeling of chemicals it is a logical and comprehensive approach to o defining health physical and environmental hazards of chemicals. In 2003 the united nations un adopted the globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals ghs the ghs includes criteria for the classification of health physical and environmental hazards as well as specifying what information should be included on labels of hazardous chemicals as well as safety data sheets. Globally harmonized system of classification and labelling of chemicals why do we need ghs with chemicals being shipped all over the world it is imperative that a common system for identification classification hazards storage and transport conditions is used in order to reduce the risks to both human and animal health and the environment. The globally harmonized system of classification and labelling of chemicals ghs is an internationally agreed upon standard managed by the united nations that was set up to replace the assortment of hazardous material classification and labelling schemes previously used around the world core elements of the ghs include standardized hazard
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