Hazardous chemicals: Are you ready for GHS 7? 

We are approaching the final phase of the 2-year transition to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals Revision 7 (GHS 7).

From 1 January 2023, only GHS 7 can be used to classify chemicals and prepare labels and safety data sheets (SDS) for newly manufactured and imported hazardous chemicals in Australia (unless otherwise advised by your work health and safety regulator). The SDS for existing chemicals should also comply with GHS 7 from 1 January 2023. Note that Western Australia’s GHS 7 start date is 31 March 2023.

This change will affect businesses that manufacture, import, supply or use hazardous chemicals.

The GHS is a global system of classifying chemicals by hazard and preparing labels and SDS to communicate those hazards.

For more, see guidance materials and resources on our website