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GHS Label for Small Containers 2017

By Little Pro on 2016-01-06 Views:  Update:2017-01-18

It is difficult to label small containers given the fact that there is a lot of info that needs to be included on a GHS label and the outer surface area of the containers is always limited. Luckily, many countries allow some GHS label elements (i.e. hazard statements or precautionary statements) to be omitted from a label for small containers. For countries that do not allow simplified labels (i.e., the United States), the use of tags or fold-out labels may be the only solution. If some elements have been omitted, it is always a good practice to include "please refer to SDSs for more info" on the simplified GHS label.

In this article, we have summarized how different countries/regions define small containers and which elements can be omitted for a typical GHS labels.

GHS Label Small Container

Europe

  • Small container: <=125ml;
  • Precautionary statements, hazard statements, signal word or even pictogram can be omitted;
  • Which elements can be omitted depend on a product's GHS classification (see the picture below);
  • More reading: EU CLP regulation;

GHS Label Small Package

USA

  • Labels must be legible and prominently displayed;
  • No definition of small containers and no exemptions;
  • More reading: GHS in USA

Canada

  • Small container: <=100ml;
  • Precautionary or hazard statements can be omitted;
  • More reading: GHS in Canada;

China

  • Small container: <=100ml;
  • Precautionary statements can be omitted (see picture below);
  • More reading: GHS in China.

A Simplified GHS Label China

Japan

  • No definition of small containers and no exemptions;
  • Recommending tags;
  • More reading: GHS in Japan.

Korea

  • Small container: <=100ml;
  • Precautionary and hazard statements can be omitted;
  • More reading: GHS in Korea.

Taiwan

  • Small container: <=100ml;
  • Precautionary and hazard statements can be omitted;
  • More reading: GHS in Taiwan.

Australia

  • Small container: size not specified;
  • Precautionary statements can be omitted;
  • More reading: GHS in Australia.

Singapore

  • Small container: <=125mL;
  • Minimum info required includes product identifier & pictogram;
  • More reading: GHS in Singapore;

Malaysia

  • Small container: <=125mL;
  • Hazard and precautionary statements can be omitted;
  • More reading: GHS in Malaysia;

Thailand

  • Small container: no specified and no exemption;
  • More reading: GHS in Thailand;

Vietnam

  • Small container: size not specified;
  • Precautionary statements can be omitted;
  • More reading: GHS in Vietnam.

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