Globally Harmonized System

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Canada Publishes Hazardous Products Regulation

On February 11, 2015, the Government of Canada published in Gazette II (Vol. 149, no. 3) the final regulation for adopting the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). ...more

US State Department Issues Section 515.582 List Regarding Authorization of Imports of Certain Goods and Services Produced by...

On February 13, 2015, the US Department of State published its “Section 515.582 List” and related guidance regarding the goods and services produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs which have been authorized for immediate...more

Federal government announces changes to WHMIS Legislation

The federal government has announced certain amendments to the federal Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) legislation which covers suppliers of hazardous chemicals in Canada. The purpose of the...more

CONTINENTAL SHIFT: EU Advances Legal Regime Protecting Trade Secrets

The European Union appears poised to enact a sweeping new legal regime that would harmonize trade secrets law across all member states. It’s been a year since we wrote about a new EU proposal to regulate trade secret...more

Are there Hazardous Chemicals in the Office?

We recently posted information concerning OSHA’s new training requirements that are designed to align its Hazard Communication Standard with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of...more

EU Commission Proposes Further Harmonisation of Single-Member Companies

The proposed directive seeks to coordinate national requirements concerning the formation, registration, and operation of single-member companies. On 9 April, the European Commission published a provisional draft of a...more

Moving Towards a Global Harmonized Approach to Cross-Border Data Transfers?

Today, data can be transferred around the world instantaneously, making the global marketplace seem almost borderless. As any multinational company knows, however, compliance with each country’s data transfer and privacy laws...more

Dec. 1 Training Deadline: New OSHA Global Harmonization Standards

Many employers already know that they are required to maintain material safety data sheets for all hazardous materials in the workplace. You may not be aware, however, that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration...more

OSHA Modifies Hazardous Communication Standard to Conform to UN GHS

In 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) modified its existing Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) (29 CFR 1919.1200) to conform with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of...more

OSHA's New Hazard Communication Standard: Employers Are Required To Provide Training To Employees By December 1, 2013

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) that is designed to enhance employee health and safety by aligning the classification and labeling of chemicals in...more

OSHA Takes the “M” Out of MSDS and Changes Chemical Labeling Requirements

In 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) revised the Hazard Communication System (“HCS”) and other regulations to conform them to the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and...more

New OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Requires Re-labeling Employee Training and Other Steps

Chemical manufacturers, distributors and employers of all types need to take note of new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements contained in OSHA’s recently modified hazard communication standard...more

OSHA Modifies Hazard Communication Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) groundbreaking revisions to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) are now final. OSHA’s central purpose in making its major modifications is to align the HCS with...more

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