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posted in Recent jobs and industry news by Gary Lovell on 18:14 Mar 7th, 2019

 LabelService always stays up to date on regulations, standards and systems, and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is no exception. We manufacture and print labels that meet GHS and BS-5609 standards together with our portfolio of thermal transfer ribbon to provide you with a durable chemical and water resistance print solution for your products.

As a responsible and experienced company, LabelService is driven to offer only quality labels that are in line with all current regulations. While the GHS is not a law, the UK has decided to adhere to the guidelines set out in this UN initiative. It is a system consisting of the best practices for individual countries. The system and standards set out in the GHS is modular. Countries can choose which sections they may adopt.

The Globally Harmonized System of the Classification and Labelling of Chemical products is a set of systems and standards developed by the United Nations (UN) to enable harmonized chemical handling throughout the world. It is for the harmonization of labelling chemicals and chemical mixtures for manufacturing, transporting, using, handling and disposing of. The UN offers the GHS as an off the shelf, global standardization. The UK adopted the GHS in 2009 through its membership in the European Union and, as of July 2015, all chemical labelling must adhere to the GHS standards.

The key areas for labelling are safety labels, chemical classification and safety data sheets (SDS), formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDS. GHS for chemical Labels sets out the format of chemical labels along with symbology to indicate hazards and precautions required with chemicals and chemical mixtures. A template is offered in the system which include specific information for labels and Safety Data Sheets. The objective of the GHS is uniformity in communication and to reduce the chance of misinterpretation. As hazardous products are shipped around the globe, it is an ideal that has seen over 70 countries adopt GHS for chemical labels, including the UK.

This has also presented challenges for larger companies that manufacture and distribute to various regional locations throughout the Globe. The logisitcs information together with legal and compliance information has resulted in space problems on the label itself. Weber has worked with several companies to overcome this challenge

Most manufactures, and the UN, recognize the danger of transporting hazardous material outside of their home country and the GHS aids in aligning and standardizing the labelling. At LabelService, we recognize the importance of having up to date information for our customers so that they can be assured that their labels are in conformity with all of the regulations governing hazardous material labelling.


GHS labels must include six parts: product identifier; signal word; hazard statements; precautionary statements; supplier identification; and pictograms. This will not only promote a safer work environment but also make companies Globalise their Labelling Strategy and make companies Harmonized in terms of their legal compliance.

Whether you have to relabel your products to conform to the GHS standards adopted by the UK or you are starting fresh after reclassifying chemicals, LabelService can help you every step of the way. The GHS standards from the UN are not law, per se, but the UK has adopted them as such, and knowledge of these standards are the first step to compliance.

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