Chemical Management

GHS Classification Guidance

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GHS Classification Guidance for the Japanese Government

"GHS Classification Manual" and "Technical Guidance on GHS Classification" were integrated into "GHS Classification Guidance for the Japanese Government" in March 2009 and revised in March 2010 and August 2013 to reflect revision of the UN GHS official text and other changes.

GHS Classification Guidance for the Japanese Government 3rd revised (August, 2013)  (Link to METI)[PDF 1.5 MB]
  Part 1  Introduction
  Part 2  Physical Hazards Guidance
  Part 3  Health Hazards Guidance
  Part 4  Environmental Hazards Guidance
  Appendix

Previous version:
March, 2010 version  (Link to METI)[PDF:1.1 MB]
March, 2009 version  (Link to METI)[PDF:3.3 MB]

GHS Classification Guidance for Enterprises

This guidance is based on JIS which includes the Japanese principles for GHS classification and considers international harmonization, and published for carrying out GHS classification accurately and effectively by enterprises.

GHS Classification Guidance for Enterprises 3rd revised (August, 2013)  (Link to METI)[PDF:2.0 MB]
  Part 1 Introduction
  Part 2 Physical Hazards Guidance
  Part 3 Health Hazards Guidance
  Part 4 Environmental Hazards Guidance
  Appendix

Previous version:
March, 2010 version  (Link to METI)[PDF:1.3 MB]
March, 2009 version  (Link to METI)[PDF:4.5 MB]

Guidance used in the past

GHS Classification Manual [PDF:586 KB]
The main objective of the Classification Manual is to facilitate the classification of approximately 1,500 chemicals within a limited schedule and to eliminate any discrepancies in classification among the experts. The unique point of this manual is that it allows users to refer to only reliable data sources for the classification of hazards, such as those that are peer-reviewed by international authorities, and non-peer-reviewed original data would not be used generally. This enables industries to save time by only checking peer-reviewed information.

The Technical Guidance on GHS classification [PDF:409 KB]
Technical Guidance on GHS classification provided a realistic approach for GHS classification to experts. However, it is NOT considered to be globally comprehensive, although it keeps many consistencies to UN GHS official text.

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