Korea and GHS While the adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for the classification and labeling of chemical hazards in many countries and regions has resulted in only criteria to be used for hazard classification, or in some cases an ‘advisory’ list of official classifications, some countries, such as the Republic of Korea have…read more.
The Pervasiveness of Chemicals The American Chemistry Council estimates that 95% of the goods produced by the US are touched by the business of chemistry: from colorants and flavor enhancers in our food to the surfactants used in laundry detergent and soaps, to the butadiene rubber tires you drove to work on. Since the inception…read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.