Aids to working with the EU GHS Regulation

Pictogram: hazardous to health

Pictogram in accordance with the GHS
Source: UNECE

Logo of BAuA-Helpdesks

Logo of BAuA-Helpdesks

Cover of the brochure

Cover of the brochure from the VCI
Source: Verband der chemischen Industrie

GHS of the United Nations

The United Nations' "Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)" forms the basis for the harmonization worldwide of regulations for the classification and labelling of hazardous substances and hazardous goods, and for the worldwide harmonization of the national and regional systems for classification and labelling:


The UN GHS is a recommendation which must be implemented by the individual countries with binding force. In the EU, the GHS has been introduced with binding force in the form of an EU Regulation which came into force on 20 January 2009.

GHS Regulation

GHS-Helpdesk and further assistance concerning the GHS Regulation

Brochures on the GHS

Poster on the GHS

Basic document and regulation

  • UN-GHS ("Purple Book“) in its 6th revised edtion (2015)
  • GHS Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (consolidated version)


Dr Thomas Smola

Division 1: Information technology, Risk management

Tel: +49 2241 231-2743
Fax: +49 2241 231-2234