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GHS in Mexico: Deadline Approaching

The Backstory Mexico’s existing regulation governing the content of Safety Data Sheets (SDS), NMX -019-SCFI-2011, is a voluntary guideline—it was not made compulsory under Mexico’s workplace hazardous chemicals regulation, NOM-018-STPS-2000. Hence, existing SDS in Mexico may conform to numerous different formats and presentation of the data, leading to confusion and interfering with first responders’ ability…read more.

REACH Final Phase-in Deadline Complete—Now What?

The Backstory When the REACH regulation took effect some eleven years ago, in June of 2007, it seemed like plenty of time was available to meet the final phase-in registration deadline of May 31, 2018, for substances placed on the European Economic Area (EEA) market in quantities of 1-100 tonnes per year, but as the…read more.

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ECHA Releases New Format for Poison Center Notifications

The Backstory Under Article 45 of Regulation EC 1272/2008 (Classification, Labelling and Packaging), manufacturers and importers placing certain hazardous mixtures on the market in a Member State (MS) of the European Economic Area (EEA) must provide information to the appointed body of that MS. This information is ultimately used by poison centers to advise consumers…read more.

Prescribed Concentration Ranges are back in Canada

The Backstory As we reported in October 2017, the use of prescribed concentration ranges, as required under the previous WHMIS 1988 regulation, were back on the docket, and open for public comment until November 2017. As you’ll recall, Health Canada once required that ingredient concentrations be declared using specified or “prescribed” ranges, which were required…read more.

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ECHA RAC Proposes New Limit Values

The Backstory Historically, many genotoxic carcinogens, such as benzene and nickel compounds, were thought to have linear dose-response curves, meaning that nearly any dosage level—even infinitesimally small doses of the substance—would produce some toxic effect. Although threshold limit values were assigned by certain European Union Members States, and even at the EU-level in some cases…read more.

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SDS Section 1 – Official Emergency Contact

The Backstory Unlike the United States, which has no official national emergency response number requirement for its Safety Data Sheets (SDS) regulated under the authority of OSHA, the picture is quite different in the European Union (EU). In the EU, most Member States (MS) have appointed an official emergency response center, whose contact information must…read more.

WHMIS 2015 Deadline Approaching

The Backstory Since its promulgation in February of 2015, compliance with the Hazardous Products Regulation, and its Hazard Communication Standard, known as WHMIS 2015, have been optional; authors of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for the Canadian market could comply with either the existing WHMIS 1988 standard, or the new WHMIS 2015 standard, until June 1,…read more.

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Looming TSCA Inventory Reset to Affect Safety Data Sheets

The Backstory As you’re probably well-aware by now, under the TSCA Inventory Reset Rule, EPA must now designate chemical substances as either “active” or “inactive,” based on whether a chemical substance was manufactured/imported/processed during a ten-year window from 2006-2016; those manufactured, for example, prior to this, but not since, would be deemed “inactive.” The deadline…read more.

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Adoption of GHS in India?

The Backstory India’s long-awaited adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labeling appears to finally be gaining traction. Released in draft form since July 2011, India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests never officially adopted the GHS rules, which were expected to be implemented as part of a broader piece of chemical legislation…read more.

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A Quick Guide to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard

While OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) has been in effect for a few years, the specifics of its new guidelines still prompt questions on how to stay compliant in order to maintain a safe working environment for employees. Below are some quick-reference FAQs to serve as an easy guide to the Hazard Communication Standard.…read more.

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