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EU Microplastics Restriction Impact on SDS

The Backstory On January 30th, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published its proposal to restrict the placement of microplastics on the EU market, either via manufacturing or import, and whether those microplastics exist in pure form or in mixtures above 0.01% by weight. Several derogations from the restriction are available in Table 19 of the…read more.

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Harmonization of DOT / 49 CFR with International Transport Regulations

The Backstory USDOT dangerous goods transport regulations in 49 CFR have been proposed to be revised, to harmonize them with international standards such as the UN Model Regulations, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instruction for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO), the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) and the Canadian…read more.

Beryllium-Standard

OSHA Updates Beryllium Standard

The Backstory Beryllium metal imparts increased hardness and strength when added to alloys, and can be found in a variety of industries, from the production of aircraft parts to missiles, to rocket nozzles on spaceships, even dental alloys. In short, beryllium affects the lives of thousands of American workers every day. Unfortunately, beryllium is also…read more.

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US to Adopt 7th Revised Edition of GHS

The Backstory When the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labeling in 2015, it implemented the 3rd Revised Edition of the GHS. Released by the United Nations in 2009, this so-called ‘GHS Rev. 3’ was outdated the moment it was implemented in the US. In…read more.

Proposition 65

California Proposition 65 Impact on SDS & Product Labels

The Backstory As you’re no doubt aware, California’s Proposition 65 (Cal P65) regulation underwent a major overhaul this year, which took effect this past August. Now some three months after the mandatory compliance date, let’s briefly review the impact to your Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and product labels. What’s Changing The most prominent effects of…read more.

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Will Brexit Impact Your Safety Data Sheets?

The Backstory As the world prepares for the British exit from the European Union, the so-called “Brexit” event, scheduled for March of 2019, many questions remain, as to its impact on chemical regulation and communication of hazards via Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and labels in the UK. What’s Changing Although the draft Brexit deal was…read more.

SDS Record Retention Requirements

The Backstory One of the most common misconceptions about Safety Data Sheets (SDS) is that they must be retained for 30 years. While retaining these documents is certainly a recommended best practice, it is not a regulatory requirement per se. In fact, the regulatory requirement outlined in 29 CFR 1910.1020(d)(1)(ii) is that employee exposure records…read more.

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Hot Topic: OSHA’s Crackdown on the Fertilizer Industry

In an effort to address the dangers related to exposure to fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate and agricultural anhydrous ammonium, OSHA recently launched a program to enforce and emphasize standards under the existing OSHA regulations. The Regional Emphasis Program (REP), which began on October 1, 2018, is now in effect in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma,…read more.

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SDSs South of the Border: Quick Tips on Compliance

The Backstory Mexico’s implementation of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) became mandatory on October 9, 2018, exactly three years after it was first promulgated in Mexico’s Official Journal—Diario Oficial de la Federación. What’s Changing With Mexico’s implementation of workplace standard NOM-018-STPS-2015, which adopts elements of the 5th Revised Edition of the GHS, comes significant changes,…read more.

ECHA Proposes Authorization of 18 SVHCs

The Backstory “Authorization” (the “A” in the REACH regulation) is the process whereby manufacturers and importers must seek permission to continue to place a substance on the EU market. Applications for this permission or “Authorization” must be submitted by the Latest Application Date specified for the substance; and eventually, the substance can no longer be…read more.

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