SDS Frequently Asked Questions

Global Harmonization System of Labeling and Classification

What is GHS?

GHS is the Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals which was developed by the United Nations to promote worker safety. It was developed to provide a universal standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), and specific wording and symbols (pictograms) of products that contain hazardous chemicals.

H.B. Fuller Company adheres to the highest standards of safety, compliance and integrity, and will adopt the GHS standards.

What is a pictogram?

Pictograms are graphical representations of the types of hazards associated with certain chemicals that are contained in the product. The GHS classification system contains nine (9) pictograms.

As a distributor or user of your products, what does this mean to me?

The implementation of GHS will result in changes to the look and layout of H.B. Fuller Construction Products Material Safety Data Sheets.

Material Safety Data Sheets – MSDSs will be renamed Safety Data Sheets (SDSs). Each SDS will be made up of a 16 section format specified by the GHS protocol. Much of the information and layout of the SDS will be similar to that already found on existing MSDS sheets. The primary difference is that the new SDS will now include a standardized hazard classification and category, as well as standard and specific hazard statements for each classification. Additionally, there will be pictograms included to provide a graphic depiction of the specific hazard associated with each product. If you currently maintain a library of our MSDSs, you will need to replace them mid-2015 when the new SDS are implemented. We will be transitioning our web site library to the new Safety Data Sheets starting early 2015.

Where do I find additional information?

H.B. Fuller Construction Products will send relevant updates and additional information as it becomes available. In addition, there are a number of resources available to you.

For questions related to GHS: You may contact your H.B. Fuller Construction Products sales or technical representative.

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