ECHA updates two guidance documents on classification and labelling

The 8th ATP to CLP was published on 14 June 2016 in the Official Journal of the European Union, under the official title Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/918 of 19 May 2016 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. [More…]

GHS Revision 4 Adopted by Korean MOEL

The Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) has published Notice 2016- 19 amending the “Criteria for classification and labeling and material safety data sheets of chemicals." The amendment. adopts Revision 4 for Korea. There is a transition period of 1 year allowed from the effective date, which appears to be April 6, 2016 – so GHS Revision 4 compliance is required in Korea by April 5, 2017. [More…]

Mexico published official standard making GHS mandatory

Mexico published its national implementation of the UN GHS on October 9 of 2015, as NOM-018-STPS-2015, Harmonized system for the identification and communication of hazards and risks from hazardous chemicals in the workplace (NORMA Oficial Mexicana NOM-018-STPS-2015, Sistema armonizado para la identificación y comunicación de peligros y riesgos por sustancias químicas peligrosas en los centros de trabajo). [More…]

Canada adopts Globally Harmonized System (GHS) in Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) - WHMIS 2015

Canada published the much anticipated final Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) in the Canada Gazette Part II on 11 February 2015.

Representatives of the Canadian government and the United States OSHA have worked together to align the GHS regulations in both countries, and assurances continue that a single SDS can comply with both systems. There will be substantial complexities realizing this goal however; for example: [More…]

OSHA Publishes Brief on Labels and Pictograms under the 2012 GHS HCS

OSHA has published OSHA BRIEF DSG BR-3636 2/2012 on the Hazard Communication Standard: Labels and Pictograms. The brief clarifies aspects of labeling under the 2012 Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) which adopts the principles of the United Nations (UN) Globally Harmonized System of classification and labeling of chemicals (GHS). [More…]