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California Proposes Nation’s First Toxic-Free Cosmetics Law

The Harsh Truth About Cosmetic Ingredients Human understanding, whether it be of science, or other disciplines is ever-evolving, with yesterday’s truths becoming tomorrows myths. One such axiom is the belief that all cosmetics are safe and can be applied and worn freely—even daily—with little consequence. Would it surprise you to learn that this may not…read more.

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European Commission Adopts 12th ATP to CLP Regulation

European Commission Adaptation to Technical Progress The classification and labeling criteria of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) are periodically reviewed by the United Nations, which resulted in the 6th and 7th Revised Editions to the GHS in 2014 and 2016—those revisions were adopted on March 27, 2019, by the European Commission as part of the…read more.

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Malaysia to Update List of Mandatory Chemical Classifications

The Backstory Malaysia, along with a hand-full of other global jurisdictions, such as the European Union and New Zealand, currently publish an official list of chemicals and their required hazard classifications. Companies who wish to place chemical substances, or mixtures containing them, in one of these markets, must assign that region’s official hazard classification to…read more.

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ECHA Applies Bandage to Brexit

The Backstory With Great Britain’s exit from the European Union scheduled to occur on March 29 this month, this so-called Brexit event looms large for those doing business in the UK or EU. Will a trade deal between the UK and EU finally be reached? Will existing REACH chemical registrations held by UK legal entities…read more.

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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