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Global Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals – Safe Work Australia


Safe Work Australia (SWA) has been working towards adopting the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals Revision 7 (‘GHS 7′) for workplace hazardous chemicals under the model WHS laws.  These changes will come into effect from 1 January 2021 (postponed from 1 July 2020). 

To help businesses understand the changes under GHS 7, SWA has published a dedicated GHS 7 web page and suite of information sheets. These information sheets provide details about the classification and labelling requirements for workplace hazardous chemicals, and the duties of manufacturers, importers, suppliers and end users. 

There are also special arrangements in place allowing importers and manufacturers to classify and label chemicals under GHS 7 from 1 July 2020 to 1 January 2021, ahead of the official transition period. 

You can learn more and find the information sheets on SWA’s new GHS 7 web page.