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14 years, 7 revisions later – Catching up with UN GHS Revision 7

What’s New in GHS Rev 7? Whenever a new revision to the UN GHS purple book comes out I always take some time to understand how this revision compares to previous revisions. It’s also good for any business impacted by GHS to understand the changes as well. This is because the UN GHS purple book…

SiteHawk Forges Enablon Partnership

Recently, SiteHawk embarked on a new strategic alliance with industry-leading Emergency Management Information System (EMIS) provider Enablon. The Enablon partnership delivers a comprehensive EHS data management solution to facilities and corporations across the globe. Enablon is the leading provider of sustainability, EHS and operational risk management software. Marrying SiteHawk and Enablon’s expertise results in robust, comprehensive…

Six Steps to SDS Success

Guest blogger Duncan Scrimpshire reflects on over 30 years of industry experience to provide insight in to the practical application of SDS documents in the workplace. Keeping workplaces safe and compliant is not an easy task. I remember the days when my office was filled with mounds of MSDS Notebooks and I spent hours doing research…

UN GHS Revision 7 Published – The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

The UN recently announced that the seventh revision of the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) has been published – in hard copy.  The electronic version is not available yet.  A new revision of the GHS comes out every 2 years and the changes over the last few revisions have…

Ready for Another Helping of TSCA Reform?

EPA Publishes New TSCA Regulations – Prioritization & Risk Assessment As we are sure you all know, the EPA, the US agency that governs the chemicals used in commerce, has been working to implement changes to current TSCA regulations. We hope to provide an overview of the new TSCA regulations and explain how recent changes…

5 Frequently Asked Questions in a Post-GHS, Still Not Quite Harmonized World

Beginning in 1992 a group of experts from many countries under the auspices of the UN developed what we now know today as The Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The GHS is a system meant to provide harmonized chemical hazard communication. It includes criteria for classification of substances and mixtures…

WHMIS 2015 – Regulations by Province

Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) has been modified to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) as WHMIS 2015. Although many, if not most, of you are familiar with the adoption, there are often uncertainties about the regulation, particularly as it pertains to jurisdictional adoption. It is important…

Calling all VPP Participants! – OSHA Seeking Input on Voluntary Protection Programs

Got suggestions to make OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) better? Now is your chance to make a difference and chime in. A docket (https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=OSHA-2017-0009) is open until September 15, 2017 where you can submit your comments and also read other comments provided. OSHA is seeking input on following: What can the agency do to enhance…

Do You Have Questions About the Changes to CA Prop 65 Warning Requirements?

California Prop 65 warning requirements were changed in 2016. The new warning requirements are set to become effective August 30, 2018. To assist businesses with their compliance efforts, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has published a new Q&A document about the New Prop 65 Warning Q&A: https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov/sites/default/files/art_6_business_qa.pdf  More information about Prop 65 warnings…