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CLP GHS Legislation

On the 28th of November 2008 the European Council adopted the GHS regulation. The publication followed on the 31st of December 2008, meaning that GHS can now be applied as of the 21st of January 2009.

GHS and what it means to you

GHS – The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals addresses classification of chemicals by types of hazard and proposes harmonized hazard communication elements, including labels and safety data sheets. It aims at ensuring that information on physical hazards and toxicity from chemicals is available in order to enhance the protection of human health and the environment during the handling, transport and use of these chemicals. The GHS also provides a basis for harmonization of rules and regulations on chemicals at national, regional and worldwide level, an important factor also for trade facilitation.

For the European Union, the mandatory dates for the implementation are set as follows:

  • ‘Pure’ Chemical Substances: 01/12/2010
  • Mixtures of Chemical Substances: 01/06/2015

During the transition period between the publication of the European Directive and the effective date, mentioned above, both systems are permitted (HSID and GHS):

  • In terms of labelling, HSID system and GHS system cannot be applied on the same box. If the manufacturer chooses the GHS system before December, 2010, he cannot use the HSID system anymore.
  • In this case, the MSDS only, will need to display both systems.

GHS labels will replace the HSID labelling system we use currently. That means that the pictogram on an orange square, the R + S phrases will disappear. They will be replaced by new symbols with a diamond shape, and by other phrases based on the Risks:

  • Physical risks
  • Healthy risks
  • Environmental risks

The orange symbols (HSID) will be replaced by the new GHS symbols.


The pictogram needs to be at least 6,66% (previously 10%) of the label.

The sizes of the labels containing the pictogram and the necessary safety sentences remain the same as in the current CLP regulation.

Content Size Label (mm) Min size pictogram (mm)
< 3 liters 74x52 16,02 x 16,02
3-5 liters 105x74 22,76 x 22,76
50-500 liters 148x105 32,19 x 32,19
>500 liters 210x148 45,52 x 45,52

Check out our CLP GHS Pipe Marking Product Range

For more details on GHS please have look on following webpages: