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Dillon Francis Oberholzer


Global Harmonized System


UN - GHSFull Book(2013 revision)

GHS Resources

The GHS Purple Book (2015) is the industry standard reference for GHS

United States

GHS – OSHA HCS Comparison Document


Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety GHS Information 
WHMIS 2015


UNECE, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
EU Chemical Sector Information for SME’s
ECHA – European Chemicals Agency


World Wide Implementation Timeline
UNITAR; Guidance Documents, Educational Resources & Training materials, re: GHS

Reference Guide: Industry Acronyms

  • ANSI: American National Standards Institute
  • APEC: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
  • ASTM: American Society of Testing and Materials
  • CA: Competent Authority
  • CAS: Chemical Abstract Service
  • CBI: Confidential Business Information
  • CFR: Code of Federal Regulations
  • CG/HCCS: Coordinating Group for the Harmonization of Chemical Classification Systems
  • CPSC: Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • DOT: Department of Transportation
  • EINECS: European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances
  • EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
  • EU: European Union
  • FIFRA: Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
  • GHS: Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
  • HCS: Hazard Communication Standard
  • IARC: International Agency for the Research on Cancer
  • IFCS: International Forum on Chemical Safety
  • ILO: International Labor Organization
  • IOMC: Inter-organization Program on the Sound Management of Chemicals
  • ISO: International Standards Organization
  • IUPAC: International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
  • LD50 : Lethal dose 50mg/kg: Milligram per kilogram
  • SDS: Safety Data Sheet
  • NAFTA: North American Free Trade Agreement
  • OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • OECD: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • QSARs: Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships
  • SME: Small and medium sized enterprises
  • TFHCL: Task Force on the Harmonization of Classification and Labelling
  • TSCA: Toxic Substances Control Act
  • UN: United Nations
  • UNCED: United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
  • UNCETDG: United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods
  • UNCETDG/GHS: United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
  • UNITAR: United Nations Institute for Training and Research
  • WG: work group
  • WHMIS: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
  • WSSD: World Summit on Sustainable Development