A New, Identification System
As of 01 June 2015, we are required to use new markings for our chemicals
The United Nations actually did something right. After years of having to deal with so many methods and systems for identifying industrial chemicals, a GLOBALLY HARMONIZED SYSTEM (GHS) has been approved and instituted.
The GHS is a series of pictograms that will inform a person what type of substance they have before them. The underwriting documentation is not all that complicated, long or difficult (surprisingly) to understand. One can go to any part of the globe and the basic, important information will always be clear to all. The additional information will be in the local language but, again, the most important part will be understandable to all.
This system is a series of nine pictograms indicating: Compressed Gas, Corrosive, Dangerous for the Environment, Explosive, Flammable, Harmful/Irritant, Health Hazard, Oxidizer and Toxic.
These pictograms will be found on almost every item, from household bleach to industrial pesticides
Well, maybe it is “…Something else we gotta learn” but, in the long run, we will be able to recognize the chemicals that are about us and our lives.