As a responsible chemical distributor, TRI is committted to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in alignment with the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), effective June 1, 2015. We are taking every step necessary to ensure that we and our partners are prepared to meet the GHS label and SDS format requirements by the June 1st deadline.

GHS Regulations Summary

Updates and additions are needed to the labeling of all chemicals into the United States to standardize worker health concerns by the GHS (Global Harmonization System) standards.

Please note this additional labeling requirement relates to the safety measures only and it does not replace the standard IMDG/DOT labeling for shipment.

Although your time frame for startup might vary from United States, we are required to ask you to comply with new regulations for shipment into the United States on or before June 1, 2015.

This is the startup date for the US and all materials in our warehouses or on the water must meet the new GHS labeling requirements.  These labels must have the required Signal Word and Pictogram(s) associated with that product by GHS standards.

Please use the resources below for your reference:

Below are examples:

GHS Pictograms and Hazard Classes:

Irritant GHS07

Dermal Sensitizer
Acute toxicity (harmful)
Narcotic Effects
Respiratory Tract

Carcinogen GHS08

Respiratory Sensitizer
Reproductive Toxicity
Target Organ Toxicity
Aspiration Toxicity

Flammables GHS02

Self Reactives
Emits Flammable Gas
Organic Peroxides

Explosives GHS01

Self Reactives
Organic Peroxides

Oxidizers GHS03

Gases Under Pressure GHS04

Corrosives GHS05

Acute toxicity (severe) GHS06

Environmental Toxicity GHS09

GHS Signal Words



Safety Date Sheets & GHS Regulations:

The second and equally important thing to remember is that a new Safety Data Sheet will be required for each product.  The SDS (as they will be called) Safety Data Sheet is to have the GHS Hazardous Pictograms and Signal Word and included in each new SDS.

Some countries may still call this document Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). In countries that have adopted GHS, Safety Data Sheet (SDS) will be the only accepted name for the hazard communication document for chemicals.


The SDS is to follow the established format listed below.

  • Section 1: Identification
  • Section 2: Hazard(s) identification
  • Section 3: Composition/information on ingredients
  • Section 4:, First-aid measures
  • Section 5: Fire-fighting measures
  • Section 6: Accidental release measures
  • Section 7: Handling and storage
  • Section 8: Exposure controls/personal protection
  • Section 9: Physical and chemical properties
  • Section 10: Stability and reactivity
  • Section 11: Toxicological information
  • Section 12: Ecological information
  • Section 13: Disposal considerations
  • Section 14: Transport information
  • Section 15: Regulatory information
  • Section 16: Other information, including date of preparation or last revision


Import Note to Suppliers:

All material labeling and documentation must comply with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in alignment with the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), effective June 1, 2015. TRI reserves the right to refuse or reject any shipment that does not comply with these requirements, and may pass along any fees or penalties for non-compliance to the Supplier.

Click here to submit GHS information or documentation to TRI
Please include the following details in your communication:

  • Organization Name
  • Contact Name
  • Contact Email & Phone Number
  • GHS Compliant Safety Data Sheet
  • GHS Compliant product labels and photos


Please feel free to contact our Complaince Manager, Marjalena Santos, directly at any time for questions regarding GHS and the requirements of TRI.

Marjalena Santos
Compliance Manager
Ph: +1(206) 505-3500

[email protected] 

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