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GHS Compliance

What is GHS?

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted its “Hazard Communication Standard” HCS 2012 in support of the United Nations’ effort to encourage member nations to provide GHS Classification labeling Imageconsistent and easy to understand tools for communicating the hazards of chemical products around the world otherwise known as the “Globally Harmonized System” (GHS) of classification and labelling of chemicals.

There are Three Elements to the GHS

  1. Easy to understand product labels with standardized information in a consistent format
  2. Universal use of 9 pictograms to clearly depict the hazard(s) involved.
  3. Consistently formatted and worded Safety Data Sheets (SDS)


After December 1, 2015 distributors like NCS must provide its customers with products bearing HCS 2012 (GHS Compliant) labels and make available HCS 2012 Complaint Safety Data Sheets (SDS) unless our suppliers can demonstrate a good faith effort to do so. Though not required to re-label containers with 1994 compliant labelling, all containers in the control of the distributor after December 1, 2017 must have HCS 2012 compliant labelling.

A majority of the products that NCS sells have GHS compliant labels and compatible SDS. For any products that still have 1994 compliant labelling, we have links to HCS 2012 Labels and SDS below:

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