International Safety Data Sheet Considerations

By Anu Kattoju, Regulatory Compliance Specialist As businesses expand, so does the territory in which manufacturers and suppliers reach. As expansion commences across international borders a very pertinent requirement is a Safety Data Sheet (SDS). A Safety Data Sheet is a sixteen-section document that’s main purpose is to educate a product’s user about the chemical(s) […]

OSHA to Adopt GHS Revision 7

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By Nabila Al Hasan, Regulatory Compliance Specialist Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is an international effort to harmonize hazard communication. It provides harmonized hazard definitions, format for safety data sheets (SDS), and specific criteria for product labels. It issues a revised edition every 2 years and is currently working on releasing Revision 9 in 2021. OSHA […]

Changes in TSCA Risk Evaluations

By Lorrie Ritter, Sr. Chemical Regulatory Compliance Specialist Late June 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced important policy changes surrounding risk evaluations issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by the previous administration and the path forward for the first 10 chemicals to undergo risk evaluation. After agency review to ensure these […]

Transportation of Dangerous Goods – the Importance of the UN Number

By Johnny Andon, Global Regulatory Affairs Manager In today’s global society, the movement of materials from one location to another is an everyday occurrence. But in the same way that goods need to make it to their destination to keep businesses going, they must do so in a way that is both safe and environmentally […]

Chemical Importers: The Responsible Party

By Rennee Karlik, Regulatory Compliance Specialist A globally integrated supply chain is essential to worldwide chemical manufacturing. US Chemical Manufacturers import many chemicals from other countries due to price advantage and availability. Some imported chemicals never leave the importer’s location and are used as feedstock or raw materials for the manufacture of other chemicals. Some […]

The Importance of Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) on an SDS

By Nabila Al Hasan, Regulatory Compliance Specialist Occupational exposure limits (OELs) are values, determined by various health regulatory bodies, that indicate safe levels of human exposure to hazardous chemicals. Available research information and recent data on hazardous substances, especially concerning acute toxicity, carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, and toxicity to reproduction, are used to set these limits. OELs […]

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) Update – What can we expect

By Johnny Andon, Global Regulatory Affairs Manager When the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) was first developed, different countries came on board at different times. For example, the US adopted revision 3 while Canada adopted revision 5. But in order to meet the GHS’s mission of providing a harmonized method for chemical hazard communication, countries are […]

SDS & Jurisdictions: What You Need to Know

Hazard and compliance regulations can get complicated – fast. Here’s what we mean: While there is a Globally Harmonized System (GHS), not everyone uses it when authoring SDSs. Some jurisdictions have their own regulations, and others pick and choose aspects from GHS to incorporate into their respective systems. See? Below, we’re clearing up some of […]

GHS Classifications Explained

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In the world of hazardous chemicals and GHS, there’s a lot to take in. The first thing to understand about GHS is that classification is the starting point and the heart of the system. The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals defines and classifies the hazards of chemical products, and communicates […]