All over the world there are different laws that control how the hazardous properties of chemicals are described and how this information is passed to users. This can be confusing because one chemical can have different descriptions in different countries. For example, a chemical can be labelled as flammable in one country, but not in another.
The United Nations brought experts from different countries together to create the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
The aim was to have, worldwide, the same:
The UN GHS is not a formal Treaty, and is not legally binding.
The European Commission has proposed a draft Regulation that will bring the current EU system into line with the UN GHS agreement, and is inviting comments.
The UK Government will also reply formally.