Resources

GHS Resources

The GHS Purple Book (2015) is the industry standard reference for GHS


United States

OSHA GHS Portal
GHS – OSHA HCS Comparison Document
EPA


Canada

Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety GHS Information
WHMIS 2015


Europe

UNECE, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
EU Chemical Sector Information for SME’s
ECHA – European Chemicals Agency


World

World Wide Implementation Timeline
UNITAR; Guidance Documents, Educational Resources & Training materials, re: GHS


Reference Guide: Industry Acronyms

  • ANSI: American National Standards Institute
  • APEC: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
  • ASTM: American Society of Testing and Materials
  • CA: Competent Authority
  • CAS: Chemical Abstract Service
  • CBI: Confidential Business Information
  • CFR: Code of Federal Regulations
  • CG/HCCS: Coordinating Group for the Harmonization of Chemical Classification Systems
  • CPSC: Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • DOT: Department of Transportation
  • EINECS: European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances
  • EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
  • EU: European Union
  • FIFRA: Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
  • GHS: Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
  • HCS: Hazard Communication Standard
  • IARC: International Agency for the Research on Cancer
  • IFCS: International Forum on Chemical Safety
  • ILO: International Labor Organization
  • IOMC: Inter-organization Program on the Sound Management of Chemicals
  • ISO: International Standards Organization
  • IUPAC: International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
  • LD50 : Lethal dose 50mg/kg: Milligram per kilogram
  • SDS: Safety Data Sheet
  • NAFTA: North American Free Trade Agreement
  • OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • OECD: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • QSARs: Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships
  • SDS: Safety Data Sheet
  • SME: Small and medium sized enterprises
  • TFHCL: Task Force on the Harmonization of Classification and Labelling
  • TSCA: Toxic Substances Control Act
  • UN: United Nations
  • UNCED: United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
  • UNCETDG: United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods
  • UNCETDG/GHS: United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
  • UNITAR: United Nations Institute for Training and Research
  • WG: work group
  • WHMIS: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
  • WSSD: World Summit on Sustainable Development


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