Responding to requests from its multinational clients, Enhesa has expanded its global regulatory monitoring services to include a GHS (Globally Harmonized System for Classification of Labeling of Chemicals) focused offering.
GHS was conceived to create one system for categorizing and labelling chemicals – Globally. As countries actively begin to adopt and implement GHS, the reality is much different. Each country has included its own variations, deadlines, and specific requirements. It is critical that companies understand these individual deviations or face dire consequences including having their products forbidden from the market.
The task is overwhelming for most multinationals. Thierry Dumortier, Enhesa Managing Director, says “So many of our clients are confused and spending huge amounts of money and resources to try and keep up with GHS variations, we knew we had to create a cost-effective solution.”
In the United States, to cite but one example, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is holding hearings in March and April regarding sweeping changes it has proposed to its Hazard Communication Standard to incorporate a version of GHS. These changes will revamp information, communication, and training requirements impacting over 40 million workers at over 5 millions workplaces. While reclassifying all hazardous chemicals to comply with the new requirements, companies in the U.S. will have to be aware that OSHA is not proposing to adopt three of the GHS hazard categories. In addition to other variations OSHA is also proposing to add a requirement for text describing health effects warnings on certain pictograms.
Enhesa’s service will keep companies updated monthly on such GHS issues as exceptions, differences, and deadlines in over 75 countries. The service will include on-line resources, conference calls, and access to regulatory and chemical experts.
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