The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) is the new system that is being implemented worldwide for naming chemical hazards. In Australia, GHS has taken effect nationwide on January 1, 2012 and it will be used until December 31, 2016. Technically, suppliers and manufacturers are given a transition period of approximately five years.
Basically, the implementation of this new system means significant changes to chemical traders, manufacturers, and suppliers globally. However, the Department of Education, comprised by the students, teachers, and staff, is also encouraged to familiarize the labeling, naming, and classification of chemical hazards under Globally Harmonized System. And since school schools are not chemical suppliers, teachers are not required to change the hazard labels of chemicals used in classroom experiments and demonstrations.