The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, here in after GHS, is an internationally harmonized system to classify chemicals based on the types and degree of hazards and is a harmonized communication tool by labels or safety data sheets (SDS). The first edition of the GHS was adopted in 2002 and published in 2003 by the United Nations.
In Japan, Inter-Ministerial Committee on GHS was launched in 2001. The following are the major activities in Japan:
- Translation of GHS-related UN documents into Japanese
- Publication of Manual and Guidance for GHS classification
- GHS classification projects by the Japanese government
In order to implement GHS-based labelling and SDS requirements, Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) was published and the Industrial Safety and Health Act (ISHA) and PRTR Law were amended.
The English translation of classification results and guidance are available from this website.