Globally Harmonised System

The United Nations Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UN GHS) provides a basis for globally uniform physical, environmental, health and safety information on hazardous chemicals through the harmonisation of the criteria for their classification and labelling. It was developed at UN level with the aim of overcoming differing labelling information requirements on physical, health and environmental hazards for the same chemicals around the world. Moreover, it also aims to lower barriers to trade caused by the fact that every time a product was exported, it mostly had to be classified and labelled differently because of differing criteria.

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