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GHS Rev.8 (2019)

On 18 March 2019, the Committee of Experts on TDG and GHS of the UNECE has published approved amendments to the seventh revised edition of UN GHS purple book. These changes are going to be included in the 8th edition of UN GHS purple book (GHS rev. 8) to be published in July 2019. In this article we will summarize what the main new changes are.

Change of classification criteria for aerosols, hazard communication elements; new provisions for the use of in vitro/ex vivo data and non-test methods to assess skin corrosion and skin irritation; miscellaneous amendments to clarify the classification criteria for Specific Target Organ Toxicity; revised and further rationalized precautionary statements and an editorial revision of Sections 2 and 3 of Annex 3; new examples of precautionary pictograms to convey the precautionary statement “Keep out reach of children”; a new example in Annex 7 addressing labelling of sets or kits; guidance on the identification of dust explosion hazards and the need for risk assessment, prevention, mitigation, and hazard communication.

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