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Hazard Communication

US Consumer Products:

Research has demonstrated that a consumer’s attention can be diverted from important use and safety information by too much information on a label. Placement of information regarding all potential hazards posed by a consumer product could contribute to this effect. Furthermore, it was shown that warnings focused on specific hazards that are likely to cause injury to man or the environment enhance consumer and environmental protection. Read More...

US Workplace:

The American Cleaning Institute supports the adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals for workplace situations, consistent with the statutory authority of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Read More...

Environmental Protection Agency:

ACI comments on proposals and options that represent the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) thoughts for implementation of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for Chemical Hazard Classification and Labeling, as cited in the Federal Register (69 FR 52262) notice "Pesticides; Implementation of Globally Harmonized System; Notice of Availability," Submitted to Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Environmental Protection Agency, Docket ID Number OPP-2004-0205, December 6, 2004

United Nations:

The United Nations (UN) is undertaking a program to harmonize the classification and labeling of chemicals worldwide for health and environmental effects under a program adopted at the UN Conference on Environment and Development held in 1992. While appropriate for workplace and transport situations, the proposed classification criteria, which are focused on hazard classification, have the potential to affect the U.S. safety laws and regulations for consumer products, as well as the global competitiveness of U.S. companies if decisions to warn consumers are based on hazard rather than risk.

ACI efforts on this international initiative have focused on having classification and labeling systems that encompass consumer product applications incorporate consideration of risk in making labeling decisions.


Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), Fourth revised edition, United Nations, 2011


Guidance on a consumer product risk assessment for GHS labeling