The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals focuses on the classification of chemicals by the types of hazards that they present.
It also proposes standard hazard communication elements such as labels and safety data sheets. Countries, international organizations, chemical producers and users can all benefit from the harmonization of hazard communications. This will:
Enhance protection of humans and the environment
Facilitate international trade in chemicals
Reduce the need for testing and evaluation, and
Assist countries and international organizations to ensure the sound management of chemicals.