The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) was developed to promote a universal standard for hazard classification and hazard communication around the world. The system was developed by various technical working groups following a mandate from the United Nations that such a system be developed and made available. It is gradually being adopted by regulatory authorities throughout the world. However, the standard is not compulsory, and participating countries are allowed to adopt only portions of it.

Ashland  has already implemented GHS in many countries and regions, like the US, Europe, China and Brazil. The world map below will give you an overview of all the current countries and regions where Ashland has implemented GHS for mixtures and the countries that are on the roadmap for the 2015-2016 timeframe. Visit the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) website for an up to date overview of the worldwide GHS adoption status per country.