The primary regulation that oversees GHS in South Africa is the Regulations for Hazardous Chemical Agents, 2021 (RHCA). This regulation aligns with the UN Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Revision 8, 2019.
The South African National Standard (SANS) 10234 is aligned with GHS and may be used as an alternate guide. If any differences are presented between the RHCA and SANS 10234, the RHCA will take precedence.
There are also some supplemental regulations:
- SANS 11014:2010 Safety data sheet for chemical products — Content and order of sections
- SANS 10228 The identification and classification of dangerous goods for transport by road and rail modes
- SANS 10232-4 Transport of dangerous goods – Emergency information systems Part 4: Transport Emergency Card (TREC)
These regulations were created to protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects of hazardous chemicals in South Africa. The RHCA will be enforced starting September 2022 and will have an 18 month transition period.