GHS Regulations

As a responsible chemical distributor, TRI is committted to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in alignment with the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), effective June 1, 2015. We are taking every step necessary to ensure that we and our partners are prepared to meet the GHS label and SDS format requirements by the June 1st deadline.

GHS Regulations Summary

Updates and additions are needed to the labeling of all chemicals into the United States to standardize worker health concerns by the GHS (Global Harmonization System) standards.

Please note this additional labeling requirement relates to the safety measures only and it does not replace the standard IMDG/DOT labeling for shipment.

Although your time frame for startup might vary from United States, we are required to ask you to comply with new regulations for shipment into the United States on or before June 1, 2015.  

This is the startup date for the US and all materials in our warehouses or on the water must meet the new GHS labeling requirements.  These labels must have the required Signal Word and Pictogram(s) associated with that product by GHS standards. 

Please use the resources below for your reference:
- GHS Purple Book used for determining whether the product is labeled properly
- OSHA Fact Sheet on GHS
US DOL / OSHA: Appendix D to §1910.120 - Safety Data Sheets (Mandatory)
- GHS Hazard Statements List- Wiki
GHS Precautionary Statemetns List - Wiki

Below are examples:

GHS Pictograms and Hazard Classes:

GHS Explosives   GHS02 Flame   GHS03 Comb

Self Reactives
Organic Peroxides

Self Reactives
Emits Flammable Gas
Organic Peroxides  
Gas Under Pressure   GHS05 Corrosion   GHS06 Skull Poison
Gases Under Pressure



  Acute toxicity (severe)  

GHS07 Exclamation   GHS08 Health   GHS09 Environment

Dermal Sensitizer
Acute toxicity (harmful)
Narcotic Effects
Respiratory Tract

Respiratory Sensitizer
Reproductive Toxicity
Target Organ Toxicity
Aspiration Toxicity  
  Environmental Toxicity 

GHS Signal Words


Safety Date Sheets & GHS Regulations:

The second and equally important thing to remember is that a new Safety Data Sheet will be required for each product.  The SDS (as they will be called) Safety Data Sheet is to have the GHS Hazardous Pictograms and Signal Word and included in each new SDS.  

Some countries may still call this document Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). In countries that have adopted GHS, Safety Data Sheet (SDS) will be the only accepted name for the hazard communication document for chemicals.

The SDS is to follow the established format listed below.

Section 1: Identification
Section 2: Hazard(s) identification
Section 3: Composition/information on ingredients
Section 4:, First-aid measures
Section 5: Fire-fighting measures
Section 6: Accidental release measures
Section 7: Handling and storage
Section 8: Exposure controls/personal protection
Section 9: Physical and chemical properties
Section 10: Stability and reactivity
Section 11: Toxicological information
Section 12: Ecological information
Section 13: Disposal considerations
Section 14: Transport information
Section 15: Regulatory information
Section 16: Other information, including date of preparation or last revision

Import Note to Suppliers:
All material labeling and documentation must comply with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in alignment with the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), effective June 1, 2015. TRI reserves the right to refuse or reject any shipment that does not comply with these requirements, and may pass along any fees or penalties for non-compliance to the Supplier.

Click here to submit GHS information or documentation to TRI

Please include the following details in your communication:
- Organization Name
- Contact Name
- Contact Email & Phone Number
- GHS Compliant Safety Data Sheet
- GHS Compliant product labels and photos

Please feel free to contact our Complaince Manager, Marjalena Santos, directly at any time for questions regarding GHS and the requirements of TRI.

Marjalena Santos
Compliance Manager
Ph: +1(206) 505-3500 

© 2016 TRInternational, Inc. All Rights Reserved.