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The latest news relating to the UN's proposed Globally Harmonized System (GHS).


US Department of Labor's OSHA revises Hazard Communication Standard
WASHINGTON — To better protect workers from hazardous chemicals, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has revised its Hazard Communication Standard, aligning it with the United Nations' global chemical labeling system. The new standard, once implemented, will prevent an estimated 43 deaths and result in an estimated $475.2 million in enhanced productivity for U.S. businesses each year.
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OSHA is One Step Closer to Implementing GHS
It appears that the Globally Harmonized System in the US is still not quite ready.

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), under the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), began a review on October 25, 2011, of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Docket No. OSHA–H022K–2006–0062, from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This amendment would adapt the hazard communication requirements of Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR) to reflect the international standard known as the Globally Harmonized System, or GHS.
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Post-GHS, Safety Data Sheet Acceptance in North America and Europe
ICC's very own, Toni-Ann McLean was recently published in HazMat Management Magazine... "Every SDS in Canada, the United States and around the world will have to be changed to accommodate the GHS. However, the light at the end of the tunnel is in the fact that all regions will be adopting the exact same general format, and a single SDS will be possible, if a little longer. "
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A Guide to The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
The GHS is an acronym for The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The GHS is a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labelling of chemicals.

Two new corrigenda published for the GHS second revised edition
Corrigenda 2 and 3 have been published for the second revised edition of the GHS. Corrigendum 2 applies to the English and Russian versions, while Corrigendum 3 applies only to the French version.

GHS Regulation in The European Union Officially Adopted
On September 3, 2008, the European Union's (EU) Parliament adopted legislative reports (the "compromise package")
concerning the EU proposal for a Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures,
in their first reading agreement. The next step in the EU legislative process, was final adoption by the European Council of
the new CLP regulation.

Shipping to Europe?
New GHS requirements for classification and labeling will be in force soon. On September 3, 2008, the European Union's (EU) Parliament adopted legislative reports concerning the EU proposal for a Regulation on classification, labeling and packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures, in their first reading agreement. The first reading agreement came after the approval of a compromise package on June 27, 2008, which the Permanent Representatives Committee ("COREPER") developed.

Crawling to adopt global hazcom unity
The world of hazard communication faces one of the most far-reaching initiatives for change: the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). Developed by the United Nations to improve international trade efficiency for hazardous materials by coming up with a standardized method of hazard communication, GHS encompasses three critical areas: classification of materials, labeling of containers and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs).

Chemical safety: Preparing for a Globally Harmonized System
Our world today is filled with products based on the chemical industry. Look around and you'll find everything from floor laminates to toys, computer screens to poly grocery bags, all manufactured from chemicals. Chemicals can contribute to safer, cleaner and more entertaining lifestyles, however the flip side is the inherent danger posed by their use, transportation and final disposal.

OSHA Hopes to Adopt the GHS Standard by December of 2008
August 9, 2007—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to release a final rule implementing the Globally Harmonized System for Chemical Classification and Labeling (GHS) by December 2008, as reported by an OSHA official on August 9. This rule adopting GHS would amend the agency's hazard communication standard. The projected date was announced by Maureen O'Donnell, a senior industrial hygienist with OSHA, during a two-day, ANSI-organized conference—Action and Reaction: Developing a Sustainable Approach to Emerging Chemical Issues on Aug. 9-10. An extensive, but unspecified amount of time would be provided to phase in the new GHS standards.

EU Adopts Globally Harmonized System (GHS)-Ready Proposal
June 27, 2007—The European Union has adopted a proposed act which will align the EU's regulations of dangerous goods classification, labeling and packaging with the standards set forth in the GHS.

Globally Harmonized System (GHS): Status of Implementation
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a status updated for the level of implementation of the Globally Harmonized System for Chemical Classification and Labeling (GHS) from 65 countries spanning the globe.

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