China Defines GHS Codes and Hazard Warnings

The Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (SAC) has approved a standard for GHS codes and hazard warnings. The specifications covered in the standard go into effect on January 1, 2017.

Standard GB/T 32374‐2015: Phrase and Codification of Chemical Hazard Statements describes the valid pictograms and codes that will indicate physical dangers, such as possible explosions, along with hazards to health and the environment. The standard also defines the warnings that must be placed on the label, such as safety notices and notices about storage and safety precautions.

The specifications are based on the Fourth Revision of the GHS regulations issued by

the United Nations. To find out how to be on the safe side with GHS, please see our blog entry for February 16, 2016. If your company exports goods to China, we would be please to advise you at

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