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Singapore Released the Draft GHS Standards for Public Comments

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On 4 April 2022, Singapore has released the draft GHS Standards. The draft standard is open for public comments until 6 Jun. 2022.

Revisions were made as follows:

Revisions to SS 586-2:2014

  • Enhancing the requirements on labeling and training;
  • Adding a new physical hazard class - desensitised explosives;
  • Adding a new appendix, Annex B, to provide examples of labelling for chemicals supplied in small containers.

Revision to SS 586-3:2008

  • Updates to the examples according to the 7th revised edition of the GHS Purple Book;
  • Adding a new appendix, Annex D, to provide guidance in describing and determining the empirical data of substance.

The preparation of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) can prevent users of chemicals from exposure to chemicals; and to guide the potential users in describing and determining the empirical data of the substance or mixture. Potential users need to pay attention to this standard that it is not applicable to the use of pharmaceutical substances or preparations by medical physicians and veterinarians in the management of the health of a person or an animal but to that in an industrial process.

Besides, it will be mandatory for enterprises to classify and label their chemicals based on the new standard, and to update their SDS to ensure the SDS is compliant.

About GHS

GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) is a technical guidance published in 2003 by the United Nations (UN), also referred to as the UN GHS/purple book, which is used to address the classification of chemicals by types of hazard and harmonized hazard communication elements, including labels and safety data sheets. The main areas and countries like Europe Union, US, Japan, Korea, China, Brazil, etc. have continuously implemented GHS. Currently, the latest edition is the 9th revised edition.

CIRS is able to provide global GHS compliance services to enterprises. If you have any needs or questions, please contact us at

Further Information

Enterprise Singapore Calls for Comments

UN GHS- the 7th Revised Edition has been published

UN GHS- the 9th Revised Edition has been published


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