The "GHS converter" module is based on the EU’s Regulation 1272/2008 relating to the GHS Regulation, in particular the translation table in Annex VII and the harmonised classification and labelling list for certain hazardous substances in Annex VI (as modified by the First ATP, 09/2009). It was not possible to take into account the changes resulting from modified classification criteria in either the translation table or Annex VI, and conversion is not always possible. In such cases, the GHS converter offers possible selections together with helpful information.
The GHS converter is intended to help users at companies familiarise themselves with GHS. Given that the GHS Regulation is currently still a proposal and it is not possible to take into account all the changes to criteria in a software application, the proposed classification and label details are provided by way of an indication only.
The risk phrases and symbols entered by the user, the UN number and, possibly, the packing group or classification code play a key role in the GHS converter’s classification and labelling result. This information can normally be found in the safety data sheets. Responsibility for this data being correct and complete lies with the company manufacturing or marketing the chemicals. If the safety data sheets do not contain sufficient information on certain aspects or this information is contradictory, the user is obliged to obtain all the necessary details from the company marketing the chemicals in order to ensure that all the necessary information is provided.