Compliance Alert: Brazilian GHS

In June 2019 an amendment to the Brazilian ABNT NBR 14725 -2 standard (ABNT NBR 14725-2:2009/Em1:2019) was published. The amendment modifies threshold concentration limits for mixture classification for several hazards.

Classifying Chemicals of Concern, Part One: Hard Times for Harmony

Cheat Sheet This is the first of a three-part blog series. Chemicals of Concern are omnipresent in industry. GHS hasn’t led to as much “harmonious” practices as expected. A recent NAEM webinar, “Best Practices for Classifying Chemicals of Concern,” offers more details. There are chemicals of concern in everything we see, use, create, buy, toss

A Walk Down Memory Lane with the Purple Book

Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I think that I would amend that to include regulatory changes. Ours is a world of change and while the rate of changes sometimes slows, it never really stops. I was reminded of this the other day

Regulatory Impact Report: The impact of REACH on downstream users

In partnership with Chemical Watch The EU’s REACH Regulation has been in the process of being implemented since 2007 and vast quantities of information have been disseminated about it. Even so, many companies are still, to varying degrees, unaware of how the Regulation actually works and how it will affect them. REACH has important implications for those who

Summing Up SUMI From ‘Top’ to ‘Bottom’

Let’s take it from the top? While this is often a great approach to trying something again in hopes of getting better—especially during a rehearsal—it is not necessarily the only approach available when you’re dealing with mixtures. As Martina Frenette, Sphera’s senior regulatory analyst, explains in her new e-book titled “Bottom’s Up: SUMI Offers Substantive

Reread the Label? Industrial Products Entering the Consumer Space Can Cause Chorus of Confusion

If there is one thing I’ve learned in life, it is that nothing is ever simple … especially when you are dealing with regulations. I’ve recently been spending time working on consumer and industrial labels, and it has been interesting to compare the two. Both are meant to keep users safe, but they take much

REACH SVT: There’s a Ton to Think About for Substance Volume Tracking

“No data no market.” This fundamental principle underlies the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals—better known as REACH—regulation.  It basically means that the EU wants to keep close tabs on the amount of substances in the products being sold or distributed in its 28 member states—which includes the United Kingdom at least for

Revised UN GHS Rules Go Into Effect

Who: The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, or UNECE, published the 7th revision to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, or GHS, in July. Implication: This revision contains new and revised provisions for classifying and labeling chemical substances and guidance for preparing Safety Data

Finding the Harmonization in GHS

The GHS is not as harmonized as many of us may have hoped. With all the countries who have currently implemented GHS, along with those that are coming up, are there ways to create a ‘harmonized’ SDS or label? The world is becoming smaller and where we used to divide the planet up into regions, maybe we should look at it differently. In this webinar we will look at different ways to create harmonized SDSs across multiple countries and ask questions on where a pragmatic view to SDS/Label creation might help make processes more efficient.

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