NiceLabel and Chemwatch have collaborated to offer a free Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) cloud printing solution, including free regulatory data.

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) requires manufacturers, importers, downstream users and distributors of chemical substances and mixtures to adopt the standard by June.

NiceLabel has launched a free easy-to-use GHS cloud solution that allows suppliers and users of secondary containers to print GHS compliant labels from any colour label or page printer.

The GHS regulation affects any organisation, such as laboratories in hospitals, universities, schools, that supplies chemicals or uses chemicals within the workplace. It covers all hazardous chemicals and may be adopted to cover chemicals in the workplace, transport, consumer products, pesticides and pharmaceuticals.

The GHS system provides a universal means of conveniently identifying substances that can pose serious risks to health and safety, helps keep people informed and safe, and prevents businesses from losing manpower and other valuable resources.

NiceLabel global marketing director Ken Moir said: "In order to support organisations in their effort to comply with the GHS labeling regulation and to contribute to the health and safety of the workplace, NiceLabel has developed a free and simple cloud solution that allows anybody to print GHS compliant labels from their browser.

"This free solution is particularly suitable for smaller suppliers and laboratories that require the use of secondary containers such as bottles, flasks, cans or beakers."

The free NiceLabel GHS cloud solution, powered by Chemwatch Annex 6 regulatory data, contains 4,500 chemicals (so-called ‘pure substances’) and allows chemical users to print GHS compliant labels from their browser. The free solution includes pre-deigned ready-to-print compliant labels, Annex 6 regulatory data and pictograms in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese. The label designs are optimised for colour label and laser printers.

Additionally, 150,000 pure substances, online mixture calculations and safety data sheets (SDS) in 47 languages are available for purchase.

Chemwatch principal Dr Bernie Bialkower said: "GHS labelling requirements are challenging. The Chemwatch solution is comprehensive and takes into account the detail, often hidden in the "fine print", associated with the Code. It also takes into account the differences prescribed under different national requirements.

"Chemwatch is pleased to be part of a new joint initiative with NiceLabel and anticipates the new solution will prove to be an invaluable tool for SMEs and laboratories."

NiceLabel has worked with many leading chemical companies to address the most complex, global labeling challenges, including GHS labeling requirements.

The company’s labeling solutions are designed to meet the rigors of GHS while supporting both large and small scale deployments with numerous products and packaging variations.