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THE GLOBALLY HARMONIZED SYSTEM (GHS) – A CATALYST FOR SAFETY

PRODUCT NEWS / Post date:
1 December 2014

In response to the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) initiative, there are some important changes that are being made to Castrol product labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).


The UN initiative is aiming to harmonize the classification and communication of chemical hazards. New legislation is being introduced to implement GHS across the United States, Europe and Brazil. You can discover more about GHS from the UN Economic Commission at unece.org.


Although the rules require changes in the U.S., Europe and Brazil, Castrol is applying the changes globally on a rolling basis. This will help ensure that Castrol customers can operate in line with the latest safety and compliance standards.


THE BENEFITS OF GHS

  • Enhances the protection of human health and the environment: Consistent and widespread use of GHS will enhance protection of human health and the environment by providing an internationally comprehensible system for hazard communication. GHS will help ensure more consistency in the classification and labeling of all chemicals, thereby improving and simplifying hazard communication. This improved communication system will alert the user to the presence of a hazard and the need to minimize exposure and risk, resulting in safer transportation, handling and use of chemicals.
  • Promote sound management of chemicals worldwide: GHS will provide a harmonized basis for the sound management of chemicals, and identifying and communicating hazards. This should be particularly useful for countries without well-developed regulatory systems.
  • Facilitate trade: GHS will reduce costly and time-consuming activities needed to comply with multiple classification and labeling systems, promoting more consistency in regulation and reducing non-tariff barriers to trade.

 

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR CASTROL CUSTOMERS

You will soon start to notice that some Castrol labels and SDS will feature new diamond-shaped pictograms (see graphic for examples), hazard determination, and safety information required by GHS regulations.


Please note that only those Castrol product labels – based on their chemical class under the new guidelines – will carry will the applicable new pictograms. The format for all Castrol SDS will be changing and applicable products will also carry the applicable new pictograms.


The introduction of the changes will be phased in over time, so not all labels and SDS will reflect the changes simultaneously. You can access the latest SDS online at www.castrol.com/us under the “Services” tab.