China Issues Draft Recommended Standard on GHS Hazard Statements for Comment

Posted on: December 15, 2013

By Xunyao Fu, PhD.

The State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) published a draft of the recommended standard (GB/T) “Phrase and codification of chemical hazard statements” on July 10, 2013.  The draft, based on the 4th edition of the UN GHS, provides chemical pictograms, hazard statements and precautionary statements as well as their respective codification.

Referring to “Safety rules for classification, precautionary labeling and precautionary statements of chemicals” (GB 20576-2006 to GB 20602/2006), the draft standard made the following significant changes:

  • Added chemical pictograms and their respective codification
  • Changed the technical translations of some words and phrases
  • Unified inconsistent translations.

This standard is composed of:

  1. Applicable scope – for the manufacture, sale, use, storage, transport and disposal of chemicals;
  2. Normative references – GB 13690 “General rule for classification and hazard communication of chemicals;”
  3. Terms and definitions;
  4. Pictograms and their codification – including 9 GHS pictograms with their codes (GHS01 – GHS09) (Details can be found in Appendix A of this standard);
  5. Hazard statements and their codification – including physical hazard statements (H200 – H290), health hazard statements (H300 – H315+H320) and environmental hazard statements (H400 – H420) (Details can be found in Appendix B of this standard);
  6. Precautionary statements and their codification – including general precautionary statements (P101 – P103), prevention precautionary statements (P201 – P235+410), response precautionary statements (P301 – P371+P380+P375), storage precautionary statements (P401 – P411+P235) and disposal precautionary statements (P501 and P502) (Details can be found in Appendix C of this standard);

This standard is a significant supplement to the hazard statements and precautionary measures that are provided in “Safety data sheet for chemical products – content and order of sections” (GB/T 16483-2008) and “General rules for preparation of precautionary label for chemicals” (GB 15258-2009), and will help to specify the draft standard “Precautionary labels for chemicals in the workplace”.  The solicitation of public comments ended August 2, 2013.


China SAWS news release on the public consultation
The draft standard
Explanation of the compilation
China GHS


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