Safe Work Australia has published new guidance to help businesses navitage the transition to GHS 7


Australia will begin a two-year transition to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals Revision 7 (GHS 7) on 1 January 2021.

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

Learn more on the new GHS 7 web page.

Special arrangements from 1 July 2020 to 1 January 2021

The transition to GHS 7 was due to start on 1 July 2020, however was delayed due to the impact of COVID-19 on Australian businesses.

To ensure that businesses who had started to implement GHS 7 are not disadvantaged, work health and safety (WHS) regulators are allowing importers and manufacturers to classify and label chemicals in accordance with GHS 7 from 1 July 2020 to 1 January 2021, ahead of the official transitional period.

Suppliers and end users can supply and use GHS 3 or GHS 7 labelled chemicals during this period.

Contact your WHS regulator for more information about the arrangements in your area.

Safe Work Australia, 31 August 2020