Recently, United Nations Economic and Social Councils Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS Sub-Committee) released the 7th revision of GHS. Some newly added or revised contents include: Revised criteria for categorization of flammable gases within Category 1; Miscellaneous amendments intended to clarify the definitions of some health hazard classes; Additional guidance to extend the coverage of section 14 of the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) to all bulk cargoes transported under instruments of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), regardless of their physical states; Revised and further rationalised precautionary statements in Annex 3; A new example in Annex 7 addressing labelling of small packaging with fold-out labels. GHS was firstly published and implemented in 2003 by United Nations and has been revised every two years since then. However, each country has adopted different building blocks and requirements on labels and SDSs based on its unique conditions. Enterprises have to figure out the specific requirements of the market of their products. Some other revised documents regarding the transport of hazardous chemicals and dangerous goods include: Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations (UN RTDG 2017, Rev.20); European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (ADN 2017); European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR 2017).
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