chemical hazard classification Articles

  • Aligning chemicals labeling with global rules involves major efforts

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began the Herculean task of aligning the U.S."s Hazardous Communication Standard (HCS) with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in September 2009. GHS provides harmonized criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health and physical hazards, and specifies hazard ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • GHS Around the World: Not Quite the Harmonized System it's Supposed to Be

    You would be hard-pressed to walk into a workplace anywhere in the world and not observe diamond pictograms on containers and binders of safety data sheets (SDSs). Pictograms on labels and SDSs are just two components of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). GHS requires chemical manufacturers and employers to determine the intrinsic hazards of ...

  • Legal lookout: OSHA revises haz-com standard

    Chemical classification, labeling and training standards look to change under a recent OSHA proposal to bring U.S. regs in line with global standards. On Sept. 30, 2009, OSHA proposed revisions to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align it with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). GHS/HCS alignment The system ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Class hopping

    The last couple of years have given shape to a complex regulatory landscape, with the UN's Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling or Chemicals (GHS) being implemented in a number of countries, the EUs Registration, Evaluation. Authorisation and Restriction or Chemicals (REACH) regulatory framework being enforced, the anticipated reform of the Toxic Substance Control ACT (TSCA) ...


    By Verisk 3E

  • Washington: hazard standards

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed on Sept. 30, 2009, to align the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with provisions of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The HCS requires chemical manufacturers and importers to evaluate chemical hazards and provide information to subsequent users. The standard now ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Cumulative risk assessment: A European perspective on the state of the art and the necessary next steps forward

    The first Europe‐wide system for chemical assessment and management was introduced in 1967 with the Dangerous Substance Directive 67/548/EEC, which established a hazard‐based classification and labeling system for chemicals on the European market. Subsequent risk‐based regulatory frameworks comprised e.g. Directive 93/67/EEC and Regulation (EC) No 1488/94, the two predecessors of the REACH ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Getting to Harmonization

    On Sept. 12, 2006, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) for the implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The agency also made available a Guide to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, which is available at ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Prepare For Worldwide Compliance

    In today's global business environment, regulatory differences between countries can be a serious cause of extra work, delays and costs. In recognition of this, the United Nations has put forward a model called the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) to help business cut through these problems. This revolutionary system will eventually become the standard for classification and hazard ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • GHS: Federal Agencies Step Up Efforts

    Now that the United Nations has adopted the Global Harmonization System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), there is an international goal for as many countries as possible to implement GHS by 2008. GHS is an important global system of hazard classification, communication and labeling which, if implemented, is expected to bring much needed consistency and harmony to the workplace. ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • SDS Authoring Software

    When creating an official SDS that will be distributed via SDS software, it is critical that those who are responsible for SDS services follow the standardized document format. This format ensures that all information deemed essential to understanding a chemical and the potential hazard it presents is provided on one easily referenced sheet. SDSs must be generated to include sixteen specific ...


    By Lisam Systems

  • Strengthening product stewardship throughout the supply chain: A full life-cycle approach

    Kami Blake of 3E Company looks at the issue in managing EH&S data in the chemicals industry As regulations increase in number, scope and complexity, environmental, health and safety (EH&S) compliance is fast becoming a major concern that spans virtually every industry. All companies are increasingly affected by and subject to more stringent EH&S regulations and are being faced with ...


    By Verisk 3E

  • Hazcom changes loom on the horizon

    During the past few years, the global regulatory landscape has changed with the implementation of the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). GHS has become an essential component of corporate account globalization plans, with its effect felt throughout the global supply chain. Many countries have implemented GHS — but not always ...


    By Verisk 3E

  • Regulatory complexity increasing for companies handling chemicals

    The initiatives highlighted in this article as of particular interest to oil and gas companies affect one of the most heavily regulated industries in the world. Staying in compliance with international, federal, and regional regulatory obligations is a complex undertaking. The depth and breadth of knowledge required should not be underestimated. GHS in the US An initiative with ...


    By Verisk 3E

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