The GHS is an acronym for the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals and is a new naming and labelling system that is in the process of being implemented globally. It was developed by the United Nations and the transition to the new GHS system began in Australia in January of 2012 and will be fully implemented by January 1, 2017.
The GHS Regarding DG Storage
Australian Standards 1940 (The storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids) states that storage cabinets require a Class 3 dangerous goods label with sides of at least 250mm nominal length. There are currently no plans for the GHS labels to be required on storage cabinets and the changeover to GHS labels only affects packaged dangerous goods & hazardous substances.
Westlab introduced the Modulab 4-IN-1 Dangerous Goods Cabinets in July 2015 with an initial plan to switch these cabinets to the new GHS labelling system. As the GHS changeover makes no reference to labels on storage cabinets, Modulab Systems have returned to the existing labelling system for their Dangerous Goods Cabinets until such a time when storage cabinets are acknowledged in the GHS changeover. Modulab Systems will continue to monitor the progress of the GHS system in Australia and provide further updates when they become available.
For more information on the GHS, please visit SafeWork Australia – http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/