Production and use of chemicals is fundamental to all economies all over the world. However, it is also recognised that chemicals pose risks that should be indicated throughout the supply chain. Many countries have developed systems for providing information on hazardous properties and control measures of chemicals aimed at ensuring their safe production, transport, use and disposal. Yet, those systems are currently not always compatible with each other and often require multiple labels and Safety Data Sheets for the same product.
Companies involved in international trade need to follow multiple regulations regarding hazard classification and labelling depending on where they do business and users may see inconsistent label warnings and Safety Data Sheets for the same chemical.