The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) is a method developed by the United Nations for communicating chemical hazards. Under this system, chemical containers must all display a specific label. The labeling helps facilitate the safe shipping and use of hazardous substances. Before GHS, inconsistencies in labeling made exporting and importing of chemicals a challenge.
The goal of the GHS is to identify the intrinsic hazards found in substances and mixtures and to convey hazard information about these hazards.
It is anticipated that, when implemented, the GHS will:
- Enhance the protection of human health and the environment by providing an internationally comprehensible system for hazard communication;
- Provide a recognized framework for those countries without an existing system;
- Reduce the need for testing and evaluation of chemicals ; and
- Facilitate international trade in chemicals whose hazards have been properly assessed and identified on an international basis.
In 2016, AAK facilitated PCPB to come up with a GHS manual for labeling for Kenya. The manual has been a huge success and has formed the basis for other countries coming up with their manual.
Please find below the GHS Manual for Kenya.