GHS Labels Explained

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (or GHS) is an international standardized set of criteria for labeling chemical containers, drums and barrels. The goal of GHS is to consistently communicate hazard information and safety precautions to ensure proper handling and use of dangerous chemicals.

At Coast Label, we are experts at helping you develop custom labels that can accept the appropriate GHS just-in-time signifiers for your product. Not only can we print as much, or as little, custom information as you need, but we can work you to develop the correct materials for your individual application.

Do you have printers currently on-site that you want to utilize? We have proven experience tailoring the correct materials and finish to fit and print within your chosen device. At the same time we are equally adept at help develop a new system, including media, printers, and durable ribbons. What to learn more about Designing Custom Just-in-Time Labels? See our White Paper.

Capabilities of GHS Labels:

  • PGAA Authorization to Print the UL Mark
  • UL Classified marks
  • UL Listed marks
  • Type R labels
  • Type L labels
  • UL 969
  • CSA C22.2 No. 0.15
  • UL Recognized Components
GHS Labels


Once a chemical is classified, it’s important that the hazards are communicated through it’s labeling. Although labels may be formatted differently, GHS has standardized six basic elements that must be presented uniformly so as to clearly identify hazards and safety information. Those six standardized elements are as follow:

GHS Standardized Elements

  1. Product identifier to define chemical ingredients
  2. Signal words such as “DANGER” or “WARNING”
  3. Hazard statements such as “Fatal if swallowed”
  4. Precautionary statements regarding storage, disposal and/or handling
  5. Company identifying information
  6. Hazard symbols or pictograms surrounded by a red diamond (Note: the red diamonds cannot be left blank