Transition to GHS 7

2022-12-08

Australia is transitioning to the 7th Revised Edition of the GHS (GHS 7), which includes some changes to hazardous chemical classifications and precautionary statements.

Why are we transitioning?

Since 1 January 2017, we have used the 3rd revised edition of the GHS (GHS 3) to classify and label hazardous chemicals in Australia. We are now changing from GHS 3 to GHS 7.

Moving to GHS 7 in Australia will:

  • match our key trading partners, who are also moving to GHS 7
  • make sure classifications, labels and SDS use the more up-to-date classifications and hazard communication.

During the transition

The two-year transition to GHS 7 began on 1 January 2021 and will finish on 31 December 2022, giving manufacturers and importers time to implement the updated system.

Manufacturers and importers of hazardous chemicals

If you manufacture or import hazardous chemicals, you can currently use either GHS 3 or GHS 7 to make labels and SDS for hazardous chemicals.

You are also considered to be a manufacturer or importer of hazardous chemicals if you repackage or re-label hazardous chemicals products with your product name.

Suppliers of hazardous chemicals

If you supply hazardous chemicals, you can continue to supply chemicals that are classified and labelled under either GHS 3 or GHS 7.

Users of hazardous chemicals

You can continue to use chemicals that are classified and labelled under either GHS 3 or GHS 7, provided the chemical is manufactured or imported before 1 January 2023.

After the transition

From 1 January 2023, only GHS 7 can be used to classify and label chemicals in Australia.

Manufacturers and importers of hazardous chemicals

If you are a manufacturer or importer of hazardous chemicals, you must only use GHS 7 to label and make SDS from 1 January 2023.

You do not have to re-label or dispose of any existing products. However, the SDS should comply with GHS 7 from 1 January 2023 even if the label doesn’t.

You are also considered to be a manufacturer or importer of hazardous chemicals if you repackage or re-label hazardous chemicals products with your product name.

Suppliers of hazardous chemicals

If you are a supplier of hazardous chemicals, you should only accept stock which is classified, labelled and has a SDS prepared under GHS 7 from 1 January 2023.

You must not supply stock manufactured or imported from 1 January 2023 if it’s not classified and labelled under GHS 7.

Users of hazardous chemicals

If you use hazardous chemicals, you should only accept new stock that is manufactured, classified and labelled under GHS 7 if they are manufactured or imported after 1 January 2023.

If the hazardous chemical is manufactured or imported before 1 January 2023, the product can be classified and labelled with either GHS 3 or GHS 7. This is the case even if you receive the product after 1 January 2023.

SDS should be compliant with GHS 7 from 1 January 2023 even if the label doesn’t.

Progress on the GHS 7 transition in each jurisdiction

Each state and territory and the Commonwealth is adopting GHS 7 in their WHS laws.

Read More

Safe Work Australia, 08-12-22
; https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/safety-topic/hazards/chemicals/classifying-chemicals/transition-ghs7