New globally harmonized system (GHS) implications for agvet chemical products

21 December 2016

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling (GHS) for agvet chemical products is a single internationally agreed system of chemical classification and hazard communication through labelling and safety data sheets.

Most Australian states and territories have implemented work health and safety legislation based on the mode Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the model Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011. This legislation now covers the adoption of GHS.

The work health and safety legislation requires that, from 1 January 2017, all agvet chemical products be labelled in accordance with the GHS. This includes statements relating to the intrinsic hazards of the product, in addition to relevant label particulars required by the APVMA.

Safe Work Australia has agreed that the obligation to have GHS label statements will not be required for agvet chemical products that have been manufactured up to and including 31 December 2016. Any product manufactured after this date will require appropriate GHS label statements.

Visit our GHS web page for further information.

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