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OSHA is mandating a Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classifying and labeling chemicals to increase worker safety by providing universally understood warnings to users. GHS impacts any business that produces, ships, or uses hazardous chemicals in the workplace. It is the responsibility of businesses to comply with GHS guidelines by using the correct labeling for their chemicals by June 1, 2016.


What is GHS?
GHS is an OSHA-mandated system aiming to standardize the classification and labeling of chemicals to protect user safety. The major components of GHS are:

  • More detailed Hazard Classification criteria
  • Standardized Labeling of chemicals
  • Safety Data Sheet format standardization

Who has to comply?
Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and any company that has hazardous chemicals in the workplace must comply.

  • Employers with chemicals in the workplace must have compliant safety data sheets and labels for their chemicals and employees must be trained to handle them properly.
  • Chemical manufacturers must re-classify their hazardous chemicals based on a common system, update their safety data sheets and use GHS-compliant labels.
  • Chemical importers/distributors must ensure the hazardous chemicals they sell have GHS-compliant safety data sheets and GHS-compliant labels.

How do I comply?
Avery has made it easy to create your own GHS compliant chemical labels right from your desk. Avery UltraDuty GHS Chemical Labels are designed to withstand chemicals, abrasion, sun, water, tearing and extreme temperatures. GHS labeling templates are available for free on Avery.com; just search by item number, select a template, and then follow the GHS Wizard to design and print your label.

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Avery GHS Wizard


Chemical labels must now contain the information below - you can easily create
a label like this one yourself by using Avery's FREE GHS labeling software. The software generates all the necessary information for the label.

GHS Label Example

Easily create your own GHS labels with Avery!

  1. Search by label product number
  2. Choose a template
  3. The software generates all the necessary information for the label
  4. Preview and Print your label!
  5. Save your project for future use

For more information, go to Avery.com/GHS

  1. Product Name/Identifier
    Should match product identifier on SDS
  2. Signal Word
    Indicates relative severity of hazard
  3. Hazard Statement
    Describes the nature of the hazard
  4. Pictograms
    Symbols to convey health, physical and environmental information
  5. Supplier Identification
    Name, address, telephone number of supplier
  6. Precautionary Statements
    Measures to minimize/prevent effects of hazard (includes first aid)