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Malaysia will strengthen its international linkage through collaborative partnerships and cooperation in line with the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) implementation.

The GHS provides a basis for harmonisation of rules and regulations on chemicals at national,regional and worldwide level, an important factor for trade facilitation.

Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Nik Rahmat Nik Taib said in his opening speech at the GHS Review Conference for Southeast Asia here today, that the GHS is also a key tool to improve chemical safety for workers and consumers.

The GHS is also a system of classification of chemicals by types of hazard and proposes harmonised hazard communication elements, including labels and safety data sheets.

“The implementation of a chemical hazard classification and communication based on the GHS will definitely benefit governments, companies, workers and members of the public,” he added.

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