3E Company, the leading provider of environmental health and safety (EH&S) compliance and information management services, today announced the availability of MSDgen 6.04, the newest version of its leading Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) authoring system. The new system offers users access to innovative features and data that simplify the development of hazard communication documents that conform to the various country-specific implementations of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classification and labeling of chemicals.
New GHS Classification System
As part of this release MSDgen includes a completely new GHS classification system developed over two years through the collaboration of numerous specialized technical and regulatory experts within 3E Company. Each and every aspect of the core UN GHS Classification system was thoroughly analyzed and reviewed, as well as the specific adaptations of the UN guidelines for each competent authority including those from the EU, Japan, Korea, China, and Taiwan.
The new system allows for a distinct set of classifications to be maintained for each material in the system, for each competent authority. The system takes into account variations in classification logic, variations in generic cut-offs and concentration limits, and variations in labeling elements for each authority. In addition, the classification tools and logic are open to the user, allowing any aspect of the classification system to be altered in cases where interpretation may vary. Along with this new release comes a complete set of complementary phrase assignment rules that assign the required statements to the various sections of the MSDS and label documents, based on the unique classification for each authority.
3E Company develops and provides the default standard set of GHS authority logic based directly off of both the UN guidelines and the adaptations for each competent authority. The flexible design of the system is such that as new authorities adopt GHS in the future, the inclusion of these authorities and associated logic can be easily and quickly managed, since the logic for each GHS authority is built using the same set of open tools. In addition, users can easily accommodate the addition of new authorities at any time using the Authorities Module that comes with MSDgen 6.04. Existing authority logic can be quickly and easily changed as needed as all authorities share the same consistent set of classification logic and phrase assignment logic.
At the heart of all of this new GHS logic in MSDgen 6.04 is the Ariel regulatory database which provides the GHS substance classifications by list (NITE, KOSHA, CLP, Taiwan), in addition to providing a complete set of substance level tox, ecotox, and phys-chem data.
MSDgen 6.04 also incorporates the 3rd revised edition of the UN GHS Guidelines (2009), including new chronic aquatic toxicity classification criteria, combined hazard statements, and exclusion of redundant hazard statements.
Other new features that make up the new release include:
- Multiple GHS templates updates, including updates to China MSDS, Japan MSDS, Korea SDS, New Zealand MSDS, Russia SDS and Taiwan MSDS templates, as well as updated China Label, EU label, Japan label, Korea label and Taiwan label templates.
- The ability to establish property associations, where the user can link the values of one physical-chemical property to the values of another physical-chemical property.
New generic structures for handling a wide variety of toxicological and ecotoxicological data elements. Each supports multiple properties and allows multiple entries for any property to be specified.
'While authoring accurate and compliant MSDSs and labels has always been a mission critical obligation, the advent of GHS brings many new challenges to this already highly demanding task,' said Clark VanScoder, vice president, MSDgen Operations, 3E Company. 'With the introduction of MSDgen 6.04, companies can now be assured that they have the most comprehensive GHS coverage possible, built upon a proven industry leading platform. This new release of MSDgen dramatically simplifies the generation of hazard communication documents that meet GHS-related international regulatory compliance and business requirements. We worked closely with specialized and highly respected experts and directly with our broad base of customers, to develop this newest version of MSDgen. We are confident that it will be immensely helpful to companies who need to develop MSDSs and labels that conform to country-specific implementations of GHS.”
Pricing and Availability
MSDgen 6.04 is available now. Pricing is based on number of users; phrase library languages; content modules, including data, rules, and regulatory templates; and implementation services including configuration, data migration, and installation.
About 3E Company
3E Company offers a comprehensive suite of services for environmental, health and safety (EH&S) related compliance management. This suite of services addresses the entire chemical lifecycle and includes regulatory data; MSDS authoring, distribution and management; transportation; emergency response; training; regulatory reporting; and hazardous waste management. 3E boasts an industry leading combination of a 24-7-365 EH&S mission control call center, as well as the world's premier hazardous substance database of global regulatory and compliance information. More than 7,000 customers have partnered with 3E including Costco Wholesale Corporation, America West, Eastman Chemical, Shell, Temple-Inland and Menasha. The privately-held company was founded in 1988 is headquartered in Carlsbad, CA with additional operations in Massillon, OH, Bethesda, MD, Kingsport, TN, Montreal, Quebec and Copenhagen, Denmark.