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Proposed Changes to the GHS “Purple Book”, Revision 6

Every two years, the UN Sub-committee releases an updated version of the official text of the GHS, commonly known as the “Purple Book.”  In 2015, they will release the sixth revision. Among the changes that are expected to be in the sixth revision are new physical hazard classes and hazard categories, guidance for the physical properties in section 9…

Waiting for WHMIS – An update on Canada’s adoption of GHS

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) which provides Canada’s workplace chemicals hazard communication system recently published its proposed Hazardous Products Regulations and Canada’s GHS adoption in the Canada Gazette. Proposed changes include implementing the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) as published by the United Nations without the loss of…

Apple Releases Banned Chemical List

As noted in Macworld’s recent article, Apple published its first list of regulated substances (banned chemical list).  Amid calls for increased scrutiny regarding the potential usage of carcinogenic substances, Apple concluded that no widespread use of benzene or n-hexane had occurred in its manufacturing facilities. In a growing trend amongst product manufacturers, Apple’s move highlights…

OSHA HazCom Guidance Documents In The Works

According to a Bloomberg BNA report, OSHA is preparing a series of OSHA HazCom Guidance documents to help employers comply with the new standard.  The new OSHA standard was finalized in 2012, but companies have a three (3) year window to implement various aspects of the new Hazard Communication standard.  New provisions affect employee training,…

Is Just GHS Good Enough?

Environmental, health, and safety professionals are aiming to update vendor safety data sheets with the latest Globally Harmonized System (GHS) versions for internal hazcom compliance.  However, is knowing simply whether or not an SDS is compliant with OSHA HazCom 2012good enough?  The short answer is, no. Implemented correctly, there is no such thing as a…

Chemical Spill – What’s YOUR Plan?

As much as anything, the moral of the story regarding the recent West Virginia chemical spill is:  Do you have a plan for a chemical emergency in your community or your company?  The spill of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, a chemical used in the coal industry, has raised health and environmental concerns in the community, but also…

EPA’s ChemView Helps Companies to Make Safer, Possibly Smarter Choices

The EPA recently released a really interesting and cool new web-based search tool called, EPA’s ChemView.  It allows companies and manufacturers to search for, “information on chemical health and safety data received by EPA and EPA’s assessments and regulatory actions for specific chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)”.  It’s basically the EPA’s version of…