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Introduction to Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

MSL is able to create safety data sheets (SDS) for global regulatory compliance (CLP & OSHA).  In 39-languages.  Following the standard 16-section format:

Section 1. Identification
Section 2. Hazard(s) identification
Section 3. Composition/information on ingredients
Section 4. First-Aid measures
Section 5. Fire-fighting measures
Section 6. Accidental release measures
Section 7. Handling and storage
Section 8. Exposure controls/personal protection
Section 9. Physical and chemical properties
Section 10. Stability and reactivity
Section 11. Toxicological information
Section 12. Ecological information
Section 13. Disposal considerations
Section 14. Transport information
Section 15. Regulatory information
Section 16. Other information, including date of preparation or last revision 

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a system developed to standardise the classification and labelling of chemicals worldwide.  GHS allows an internationally recognised method for the identification and communication of the hazards associated in transporting and supplying chemicals across the world. 

In Europe GHS is implemented via Classification, Labelling and packaging (CLP) Regulation (EC) 1272/2008.  The Safety Data Sheet follows 16-point GHS format, and must be in the language of the Member State. 

In the USA manufacturers, distributors and importers of cosmetic ingredients and chemicals are required to comply with GHS in the workplace through Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s Hazard Communication Standard (OSHA).  Requiring the completion of a standard 16-point GHS SDS.  

GSH For Cosmetic Products

Although finished cosmetic products do not require GHS labelling in terms of their consumer use.  During production, manufacture, storage, transportation and retail sale hazards can arise.  As such cosmetics are covered by GHS where workers may be exposed and in transport.  The production of SDSs is an effective method commonly used to for providing information required for safe use and disposal of the cosmetic product. 

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