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Canada to Amend Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations

The Backstory Canada has been restricting the manufacture and import of toxic substances under its Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations for years, including various flame retardant and perfluorinated compounds thought to cause hormone disruption or cancer. What’s Changing Flame retardants and perfluorinated compounds currently prohibited from manufacture/import under the current regulation from 2012, often…read more.

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Everything You Need to Know About OSHA & Workplace Chemical Hazards

We understand that when running a business, you wear a lot of hats and juggle a lot of balls and that, inevitably, some things get relegated to the bottom of your to-do list. And chemical hazard compliance, unsurprisingly, often ends up being neglected. It can seem overwhelming, cumbersome, tedious and nearly impossible to get right…read more.

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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.

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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.

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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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