Life Sciences

Hazard Communications and GHS Services

Expertise in chemical hazard classification, preparation of SDSs, and compliance with global hazard communication regulations.

Trinity Consultants’ SafeBridge group has provided hazard communication program support for clients in the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia and has developed thousands of Safety Data Sheets in over 25 jurisdictions and in 30 languages.

Our highly experienced team assists clients in achieving compliance with global hazard communication regulations. The SafeBridge team includes biologists, chemists, industrial hygienists, and toxicologists, including professionals who are qualified by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) as Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Registered Professionals (SDSRPTM). Our services include:

  • Program development and auditing
  • Employee training program development and presentation
  • Chemical inventory development
  • Chemical hazard classification according to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)
  • Preparation of SDSs according to local GHS requirements
  • Preparation of Exposure Scenarios and SDS Annex according to EU REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and potential restriction of Chemical substances)
  • Development of industrial label content compliant with local GHS requirements
  • Development of consumer label content compliant with local consumer protection requirements

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Hazard Communications and GHS Services

What is GHS?

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a standardized system created by the United Nations to communicate the hazards of chemicals through consistent hazard classification and preparation of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and labels. Implementation of the GHS was done to enhance the protection of human health and the environment, provide a hazard communication framework for countries without an existing system, decrease costs by reducing the need for chemical testing, and facilitate international trade for chemicals by having an international system for hazard communication.

The GHS has been adopted into law by many countries including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the EU, Asia, and Australia. However, it is important to note that some governments have adopted different versions of the UN GHS and/or have amended the provisions to include country-specific regulations that were part of their previous hazard communication regulations. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Hazards Not Otherwise Classified (HNOC) in the U.S.
  • Biological hazards in Canada
  • Specific label requirements in the EU, Brazil and China

Important Dates and Timing

Compliance dates for implementing GHS in the countries or regions listed above have already passed. Safety Data Sheets and labels must be updated as new information becomes available that impacts chemical hazard classification or the means to protect against or respond to chemical hazards.

In Europe, Annex VIII amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (CLP) has been adopted to standardize information provided to Poison Centres. Compliance began in 2021. Manufacturers, suppliers, and European importers should begin preparing now to ensure they complete all notifications by the compliance deadline.

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