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Under­stand­ing the Glob­ally Har­mo­nized Sys­tem of Clas­si­fi­ca­tion and Labelling of Chem­i­cals (GHS)

A com­pan­ion guide to the GHS Pur­ple Book

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United Nations Insti­tute for Train­ing and Research (UNITAR)
98
Geneva
2010
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This June 2010 guide is based on the Third Revi­sion Edi­tion (2009) of the GHS Pur­ple Book. Unless oth­er­wise spec­i­fied, all ref­er­ences to the parts, chap­ters, sec­tions, annexes, para­graphs, etc. refer to the Third Revised Edi­tion of the GHS Pur­ple Book. Sub­se­quent edi­tions of this Guide may be updated in view of ongo­ing revi­sions to the GHS Pur­ple Book.

This hand­book is adapted from the United States Occu­pa­tional Safety and Health Admin­is­tra­tion (OSHA) “Guide to the GHS”. UNI­TAR grate­fully acknowl­edges the work of OSHA in pro­duc­ing this document.

The views, opin­ions and/​or inter­pre­ta­tion of the GHS cri­te­ria con­tained in this guide are those of the authors and do not nec­es­sar­ily rep­re­sent those of the Sub-​Committee of Experts on the GHS (SCEGHS). For any fur­ther guid­ance or inter­pre­ta­tion regard­ing the GHS, the reader is strongly rec­om­mended to refer directly to the “Pur­ple Book”.