GHS – Global harmonised system

The carriage of dangerous goods by rail, road, sea and inland waterway is regulated internationally by European agreements, regulations and directives and parallel legislation in the UK. Dangerous goods are assigned to different classes dependent upon their predominant hazard.

The person responsible for classifying, marking and packaging dangerous goods is the consignor. As well as the requirements specific to their transportation, suppliers of dangerous goods are required by law to label their hazardous goods and packaged chemicals with hazard symbols, warnings and safety advice.

Confusion due to different classifications around the world regarding the identification of hazardous chemicals meant that the United Nations developed the GHS classification and labelling system. This was to try and make the labelling and classification of hazardous chemicals more uninformed and easy to understand and came into legal effect in all EU member states in January 2009.

At Proshield safety signs we manufacture and stock a wide range of GHS Hazard labels and information posters, giving guidance and advice. We can also look at bespoke requests and can provide artwork prior to manufacturing to ensure all your specifications have been met as well as offering you the opportunity to make any amendments. For our full range of products please visit our website of request our Free catalogue by emailing us at