GHS Compliant Chemical Labels for Schools

Who needs to label chemicals according to GHS?

All chemicals in use in laboratories throughout Australia (except VIC and WA) must NOW be labelled according to GHS. New Zealand, WA and VIC are likely to follow soon. Schools, like all other places of work, must have their hazardous chemicals labelled according to GHS and the Code of Practice. The WHS Act in Australia is binding on the Crown, so government schools must also comply.

What needs to be labelled or re-labelled?

GHS labelling is required for chemicals that are in use. Original containers are usually ok. Small containers of hazardous chemicals used by students (e.g. dropper bottles, small jars) are regarded as "decanted or transferred hazardous chemicals" and must be labelled with a minimum of crucial information, according to the Code of Practice.

What RiskAssess offers

RiskAssess provides a complete system for GHS labelling of hazardous chemicals for small containers. RiskAssess can automatically print GHS-compliant labels for more than 1,000 pure chemicals and their aqueous solutions, common saturated solutions, common reagents and indicators/dyes in mixed aqueous-alcoholic solutions. It only takes three easy steps and a few seconds to create a sheet of labels!

For less common chemical mixtures and for commercial products, you can make your own custom labels by selecting any signal word, pictograms and hazard statements that you wish. Staff and students in other school areas, e.g. Tech, Art, Maintenance, can also use the RiskAssess labelling system.

RiskAssess does a lot more than labelling. It is also an efficient tool for risk assessments, laboratory scheduling and equipment ordering. See more about RiskAssess for details. A RiskAssess subscription costs $250 (+GST) per school campus per year and includes all upgrades during the year.

Free Trial Available


(will open your email program)

Or email your school name to

Label screenshot

Automatic Label Layout

RiskAssess labels are laid out automatically to best show the pictograms and text for the label size you choose. There is no need to manually try and work out how to fit everything in, or make test prints to check for text or pictograms overflowing off the page. RiskAssess labels print clearly with the best text size and layout possible.

Labels for Solutions are Calculated Automatically

If you choose a solution from the RiskAssess database, the words and pictograms are automatically calculated based on the concentration you enter following the GHS guidelines and information from the RiskAssess chemical database. Concentrations can be entered in mol/L or %wt/wt. This means you can make a correct label for any concentration; it does not need to be commercially available or have a SDS.

Printing Options

RiskAssess supports printing on both Avery style sticky labels (including washable labels), or plain A4 paper for applying labels with tape/contact. Label sizes available:

  • Extra-Small (3x8, 24 labels per page, 64 x 33.8mm, eg, Avery L7159)
  • Small (3x7, 21 labels per page, 63.5 x 38.1mm, eg, Avery L7160)
  • Medium (2x7, 14 labels per page, 99.1 x 38.1mm, eg, Avery L7163)
  • Large (2x2, 4 labels per page, 99.1 x 139mm, eg, Avery L7169)

You can also print partial sheets of labels, to save ink and expensive sticky labels, or to print multiple chemicals on a single sheet of labels.

GHS Compliance and the Code of Practice

The labels generated in RiskAssess comply with the latest edition of the GHS [1], and with both the requirements and guidelines in the Safe Work Australia "Labelling Workplace Hazardous Chemicals Code of Practice" [2], which has been adopted in every Australian State and Territory in which the Work Health and Safety Act has been passed into law (all but VIC and WA). Chemical data come from the European Chemicals Agency [3], also used by Safe Work Australia [4].

For further details on the logic and practice of GHS labelling, see our GHS labelling of chemicals document. You can also read more about GHS Compliance and our label design focussing on pictograms.

Samples and Screenshots

Labelling form
Click here to see full form

You can download sample label sheets, generated by RiskAssess, for each label size:


More about RiskAssess >