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The UN GHS (Purple Book)

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This page provides information about UN GHS documents, etc.

The UN GHS (Purple Book)

The UN GHS (Purple Book)

The UN GHS (Purple Book) has been revised every two years since the first edition was published in 2003, and the eighth edition (GHS Rev.8) was published in 2019. The Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS), which stipulates GHS rules in Japan, reflect the contents up to the 6th edition (GHS Rev.6). (As of May 2019)

Publication of the UN GHS of draft Japanese translation

The GHS Inter ministerial Committee prepared the UN GHS of draft Japanese translation, which is available on the website of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) with a link to the original document.

The United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on GHS Report of Japanese translation version

UN GHS (the Purple Book) undergoes a revision every two years, which is discussed by the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on GHS. The contents of the revision of UN GHS are proposed mainly by experts of each country and organization and determined after the approval of the experts. Because the contents of the revised UN GHS will be regularly reflected in the JIS, it is important to keep an eye on the contents of the revision, which will be applied in the future. In case of doubts about the revised contents, please contact NITE.

Furthermore, NITE translated the reports released by the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on GHS into Japanese and posted them on the NITE’s website.

The GHS Inter ministerial Committee (METI)

At the same time as the establishment of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on GHS in 2001, the GHS Inter ministerial Committee was held in Japan for the purpose of sharing information on GHS and responding to the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on GHS.

United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

The contents of both TDG and GHS are discussed at the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the GHS (UNCETDG/GHS)in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). TDG has established rules for ensuring the safe transportation of dangerous goods, mainly in the transportation of Road, Rail, Air and Sea.

United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

The UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (Orange Book) has been revised regularly since its first recommendation in 1956, and the 21st edition (TDG Rev.21) was published in 2019.

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