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Wednesday, 06 May 2015

International cooperation on hazardous chemicals

The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) – also called “The Purple Book” is the first step in a international effort to attain a sound global management system for chemical. Chemicals are often a vital part of industries, and are shipped globally in a number of products in hazardous and non-hazardous forms. Currently, it is estimated that in the EU alone  15 % of workers handle hazardous chemicals on a daily basis, and 19 % of workers report being exposed to toxic vapours for a quarter or more of their working time. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are currently implementing the GHS in the field of pesticides, which will benefit hundreds of millions or farmers all over the world. 68 countries implementing the system, including several ACP countries e.g. Gambia, Nigeria, Senegal, Zambia. 

Source: euractiv.com