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New GHS symbols and GHS labels


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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

new GHS labels 


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:


 Effective Date
‘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.


hsid symbols replaced

New GHS Labelling Symbols

overview GHS pictograms


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



Size Label (mm)

Min size pictogram (mm)

< 3 liters


16,02 x 16,02

3-5 liters


22,76 x 22,76

50-500 liters


32,19 x 32,19

>500 liters


45,52 x 45,52


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


Brady GHS Products:

1. A range of GHS Symbols on roll and card
2. GHS available for markware
3. GHS Label – coming soon

1. A range of GHS symbols on roll and card


GHS labels on roll


click here for our GHS product range


2. GHS available for markware

For Brady Markware users, we have created a patch that downloads the new GHS symbols directly into the Markware directory. This will allow to print the GHS symbols directly from Markware to the Brady Sign & Label maker. (Handimark, Minimark, Globalmark, Powermark)

The patch can be downloaded here
There you will find the .Zip files (both Mono & Colour categories) as well as the procedure to install in Markware. They are available in both color and monochrome. They are also available both in a 45°-rotated picture for direct label printing or square for a full use of the tape width.


3. GHS Label


GHS product identification label


Content of the label:

• Product identification
• The symbol
• Signal words (Danger, Warning)
• Supplier identification
• Precautionary statements and pictograms
• Hazard statements


For more details on GHS please have look on following webpages




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