Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS): Implementation at Henkel Adhesive Technologies Malaysia
What is GHS?
GHS is the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) developed by the United Nations and internationally agreed upon. It was developed to promote a universal standard for hazard classification and hazard communication around the world. However, the standard is not compulsory and participating countries are allowed to adopt only portions of it. Therefore, while GHS is a significant step toward the development of a single global standard, GHS will not lead to true global harmonization of hazard classification and hazard communication.
Is GHS relevant to Malaysia?
Yes. On 11 October 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health (Classification, Labelling and Safety Data Sheet for Hazardous Chemical) Regulations 2013 was gazetted by the Ministry of Human Resources, followed by the gazetting of the Industry Code of Practice 2014 on 16 April 2014. These two provide GHS legal framework and guidance to industries. Industries need to comply with GHS requirements by April 16 2015. In addition to SDS and labelling requirements, manufacturer and importer of hazardous chemicals are required to track hazardous chemicals starting 2015 and report to Department of Occupational Safety and Health by 31 March of the following year.
What is the impact on Henkel?
Henkel, as a chemical manufacturer/importer, will be required to evaluate the hazards of every industrial product according to GHS and prepare labels and SDSs in the new format to convey the hazard information to downstream users. Henkel Corporation is committed to complying with the requirements and will ensure compliance by GHS deadline of April 16 2015 for Malaysia.
As a customer, what changes can I expect to see?
The new GHS will lead to significant changes to all Henkel Adhesive Technologies SDSs and industrial hazard warning labels. Henkel will phase in GHS compliant SDSs and labels over a period of time. During this period you can expect to see both old and new format SDSs and labels. As with the old standard, GHS does not apply to consumer products. Therefore, consumer labels will remain unchanged.
As part of the GHS implementation, Henkel has decided to discontinue the use of Hazardous Materials Information System (HMIS) ratings on our SDSs and labels. You can read more about our decision in the attached HMIS document at the bottom of the page.
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This page will serve as our primary source of providing GHS related information to our customers. We will update the page as new information regarding our GHS implementation process becomes available. At the bottom of the page you will find important GHS related documents available to download.
If you have further questions please contact your sales or customer service representative, or submit your inquiry online via the “contact us” button.
GHS Implementation Resources
The information provided on this page is for reference purposes only and reflects Henkel’s understanding and actions underway to address GHS. We encourage customers and distributors to consult their own regulatory advisors and legal counsel regarding specific actions within their company and region.
For detailed information on the GHS regulation, please visit Department of Occupational Safety and Health website: www.dosh.gov.my