From: Michelle Sullivan <Sulliva1**At_Symbol_Here**AOL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] GHS Busters
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:31:06 -0500
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
The lists that are in the Chemwatch article are government lists of
chemical classifications/hazards from the Japanese, New Zealand and South Korean
There is another study done by the UN GHS secretariat. They compared
the transportation hazards to the EU CLP/GHS hazards, "GHS classification of dangerous goods most commonly carried:
comparison between transport classification and EU CLP
Regulation". This paper which is posted on
the UN GHS website shows a similar lack of harmonized hazard
The EU ECHA Classification and Labeling Inventory that records industry GHS
hazards also shows the lack of harmonization. For example there are 69 entries
for acetone and 119 for toluene.
However, the UN GHS subcommittee is aware of this lack of
harmonization. They are looking at approaches to developing a global list that
would have harmonized hazard classifications for chemicals.The USA government is
chairing the UN working group looking at developing this globally
harmonized list of chemicals classified according to the GHS.
a message dated 11/21/2013 1:11:56 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
noticed an interesting article
the challenge of GHS:
What does GHS stand for?
Chemwatch have undertaken a systematic comparison of GHS
classification published by official sources in:
New Zealand (CCID)
A total of 12,452 Substances
Interestingly there was very little overlap between
Substances reviewed by any two Jurisdictions - Korea and New Zealand reviewed
1494 Substances in common.
However, where Substances in common where
assigned GHS Classifications, fewer than 8% were in agreement - New Zealand
and the European Union agreed on only 75 Substances of 939 Substances.
< 8% Harmonisation between any 2
< 0.6% Harmonisation between any 3
I'm not quite sure of what to make of this data. I
wonder if anyone on the list has done international comparisons that include
Ralph Stuart CIH
Department of Environmental Health and Safety
Previous post | Top of Page | Next post