GHS News To Know

by Ken Allen, on November 17, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-11-16 at 3.42.23 PM.pngThe Globally Harmonized System of Classification (GHS) and Labeling of Chemicals has undergone a long, slow implementation process since first being introduced by the United Nations in 1992. As of last year, a number of countries still haven't fully implemented the system. However, companies in the U.S. passed their final deadline in June 2016.

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Still, this has not stopped the flow of news regarding developments in the system. Here are some updates of interest:

  • OSHA plans meeting. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is planning to hold a public meeting this November to discuss potential positions on the GHS and upcoming updates. OSHA is working on changes to HazCom 2012, an existing hazardous chemical regulation that is being amended to comply with GHS. 
  • OSHA names top workplace safety violations. OHSA recently listed the top ten workplace safety violations for 2016. One of the major ones was hazard communication. The agency counted 5,677 violations this year, costing more than $3 million in penalties. It's important for chemical manufacturers everywhere to educate their employees about proper GHS labeling practices so hazardous chemicals can be correctly identified.
  • Scientists criticize current system of carcinogen classification. A group of researchers recently published an article in the journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, according to a report on Chemical Watch. They argued that the current approach improperly groups chemicals with wildly varying potencies under one umbrella - possibly misleading the public about relative danger levels.

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