GHS system for Chemical Transportation

International laws governing the safe transport of hazardous goods is changing to the GHS (Global Harmonised System).

This effectively means we will no longer have risk and safety phrases for chemicals as they will be replaced by the Hazard Statements (H) and Precautionary Statements (P). Pictograms will be harmonised for the labelling of containers and for workplace hazard warnings but for transport, pictograms will have the background, symbol and colors currently used in the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. 

This system is being steadily rolled out and we will, for the next couple of years, have both until June 1st 2015 when this will be implemented in the EU.

The risk and safety phrases do not marry with the hazard or precautionary statement either.

Members are advised to familiarise themselves with the changes and the potential impact on your business and administration. 

Many of the members use the inclean system and the developers have been notified of the requirement for P & H Statements and we hope to hear something back from InState shortly.

For further information on the GHS labelling system please see the following links:

The GHS system:
Background & Timeframes:
HSE website:

Further Reading
The GHS system:
Hazard statements:
Precautionary statements: