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Introduction to GHS Implementation in Gulf Countries

Little Pro on 2019-12-10 Views:  Update:2019-12-11

Gulf countries such as Ahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar are working on aligning their chemical hazard communication system (classification, safety data sheets and labelling) with the fifth revised edition of UN GHS (UN GHS Rev. 5). The GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) published a draft technical standard adopting GHS Rev 5 in Oct 2019. The gulf countries are expected to transpose the standard into their national legislation within the next 2-3 years. In this article, we will give you a preview of main requirements proposed in the draft GHS standard.

Scope

The draft standard does not apply to radioactive substances and mixtures, non-isolated intermediates, substances and mixtures for scientific research and development. It does not apply to substances and mixtures in the forms of medicinal and veterinary products, cosmetic products, food or feeding stuffs either.

Classification

The draft GHS standard adopts the same GHS classification criteria and building blocks as the EU CLP regulation. In addition, it plans to adopt mandatory GHS classification list given in the annex VI of EU CLP regulation and also support the use of specific concentration limit.

Safety Data Sheets

The draft standard requires standard 16-heading safety data sheet. The safety data sheet should be written in Arabic and English and the supplier shall provide the recipient with an SDS in both languages.

Labelling

labels should be in both Arabic and English (a single label can provide the label elements in the two languages). Like CLP regulation, a maximum of six precautionary statements shall appear on the label, unless more precautionary statements are necessary due to the nature and the severity of the hazards.

Each hazard pictogram must cover at least one fifteenth of the minimum surface area of the GHS label.

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