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Italy updates mandatory Occupational Exposure Limit Values for Chemical Agents

by Susana Planas MunGavin, MSc In May 2, 2020, the Ministry of Labor adopted an Interministerial Decree for the substitution of Annex XXXVIII to Legislative...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

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Australia Delays Transition Period for Adoption of GHS Revision 7

by Darlene Susa-Anderson Earlier this year, Safe Work Australia announced the decision to move to Revision 7 of the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

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New Zealand Seeks Second Consultation on Adoption of GHS Revision 7

by Lily Hou, PhD, CHMM In June 2020, New Zealand’s EPA launched a second round of public consultation to solicit feedback on the adoption of...

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Posted on: June 24, 2020

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China Publishes Catalogue of Specially Controlled Hazardous Chemicals

by Lily Hou, PhD, CHMM In June 2020, China’s Ministry of Emergency Management, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Public Security, and Ministry...

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Posted on: June 24, 2020

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EPA Adds PFAS to TRI

by John J. Kowalski, CHMM On June 22, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule to add 172 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to...

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

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Transitioning to Australia’s New Inventory

by Elizabeth M. Cahill On July 1, 2020, the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) will become the Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals (AIIC). Major...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

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China Officially Launches the National Internet Platform for Hazardous Chemicals

by Lily Hou, PhD, CHMM On May 18, 2020, China’s National Registration Center for Chemicals (NRCC) officially launched the National Internet Service Platform for Hazardous...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

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EPA Amends Small Manufacturer Definition under TSCA Section 8(a)

by John J. Kowalski, CHMM On May 28, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule to amend the definition of small manufacturer for...

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

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Philippines Issues Several Memorandum Circulars Regarding the PMPIN, PICCS and PCL Requirements

by Thuy Dang The Philippines Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), recently published three Memorandum Circulars regarding the...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

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PHMSA Releases Final Rule HM-215O

by Kevin Skerrett PHMSA finally published HM-215O as a Final Rule on Monday May 11, 2020. It is effective as of that date (with one...

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

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Proposed Second Amendment of Annex VIII to CLP to Address Workability Issues:

by Charlotte Blackburn, PhD Annex VIII of the CLP, on the harmonisation of information relating to emergency response, was adopted in March 2017; following this,...

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Posted on: May 20, 2020

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Japan Adopts a Positive List System to Manage Food Contact Materials (FCM)

by Xunyao Fu, PhD. Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) published Notification No. 196 of 2020 regarding Revising Specifications and Standards for Foods,...

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

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Draft Resolution to further implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals in Colombia in the Workplace

by Susana Planas MunGavin, MSc Colombia’s Decree 1496 of August 6, 2018 brought the Colombian legal system relating to the classification of hazardous chemicals in...

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

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China Issues Final Measures on Registrations of New Chemical Substances for Environmental Management

by Lily Hou, PhD, CHMM On April 29, 2020, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China (MEE) issued the final...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

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Health Canada Issues Interim Policy for Cleaning Products in the Workplace

by Tammy J. Murphy Similar to the increase in demand for household cleaning products due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a potential increase in...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

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International Fragrance Association (IFRA) Extends Implementation Deadline of the 49th Amendment

by Dr. Percefoni Doufou-Shafiq On April 2nd, 2020, the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) announced the extension of the implementation deadline of the 49th Amendment to...

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Posted on: May 5, 2020

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Japan – Poisonous and Deleterious Substances List Update 2020

by Yuko Howell On April 28, 2020, the names of 16 substances were published by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) to be...

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

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US/Canada Issue Joint Guidance on Hazard Communication Requirements

by Caroline Miller, CIH, CSP The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently posted to their website joint guidance with Health Canada on hazard communication...

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

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Health Canada Issues Interim CCPSA/FDA Policy Concerning Household Cleaning Products and Hand/Body Soaps

by Beth A. Raper On April 16, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Canada issued an interim policy to address the recent extraordinary demand...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

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Measures Adopted in Europe to Help Increase the Supply of Hand Sanitisers and Disinfectants

by Eleanor Grimes, PhD and Susana Planas MunGavin, MSc Due to current strains on the supply chain for hand sanitiser and other disinfecting products, legislative...

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

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Australia Releases the List of Chemicals with High Hazards for Categorisation

by Lily Hou, PhD, CHMM In March 2020, Australia’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) published a list of chemicals with high hazards...

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Posted on: April 20, 2020

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US EPA Issues Temporary Amendment to Pesticide Registration (PR) Notice 98-10: EPA Registered Disinfectants

by Darlene Susa-Anderson On March 31, 2020, the US EPA issued a temporary amendment to Pesticide Registration (PR) Notice 98-10 in an effort to improve...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

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EPA Amends CDR Regulations

by John J. Kowalski, CHMM On April 9, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published two final rules to amend the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) regulations under...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

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Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/507 Increases Number of Dossiers Subject to Evaluation under REACH up to 20%

by Dr. Martina Schneider Evaluation under the REACH regulation refers to the process that ECHA and the member states use to review information submitted via...

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

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