by Shanice Chia
On March 29, 2018, the Taiwan Ministry of Labor (MOL) published a notice on the draft amendment on Regulations for the Labelling and Hazard Communication of Hazardous Chemicals. The draft amendment is currently open for a 60 day public consultation, which ends on May 28, 2018.
Regulations for the Labelling and Hazard Communication of Hazardous Chemicals were enacted in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) since July 3, 2014. These regulations are consistent with GHS, and under this legislation, the manufacturer, importer or supplier of regulated hazardous chemical substances must provide downstream users with hazard information, and conduct hazard prevention measures.
What changes have the Taiwan MOL proposed?
The main proposed changes include:
- Revision of the labeling and classification requirements of hazardous chemicals.
- Revision of the requirements on content, format and font size of the Safety Data Sheets (SDSs).
- Inclusion of CAS numbers (in addition to names and concentration of hazardous chemical ingredients, as well as names of manufacturers/importers/suppliers) as one of the protected data in SDSs and labels through CBI application.
- Removal of the CBI exclusion criteria of the substances with certain classifications under CNS 15030 (Chinese National Standards (CNS) 15030 on Classification and Labelling of Chemicals).
The 60 day public consultation period ends on May 28, 2018.
Recommended Action Items
- Become familiar with the proposed changes in the labelling and classification criteria.
- Be aware of the revised format of SDSs.
- Be aware of the revised CBI requirement.
- Look out for the announcement of the finalized amendment and its corresponding effective date.
Additional background information regarding this draft amendment can be found in some of our previous blog articles:
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“Notice on Draft Amendment on Regulations for the Labelling and Hazard Communication of Hazardous Chemicals (預告修正「危害性化學品標示及通識規則」草案)”. 勞動部. N.p., 29 March 2018. Web. 3 April 2018 (available only in Traditional Chinese)
Taiwan, Labelling, Hazard Communication, Hazardous Chemicals, Safety Data Sheets, SDSs, GHS