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Update and Latest Developments on the GHS GHS Review Conference for Southeast Asia 21-23 May 2013 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Dr Peter Dawson EPA New Zealand.

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1 Update and Latest Developments on the GHS GHS Review Conference for Southeast Asia May 2013 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Dr Peter Dawson EPA New Zealand

2 2 Technical developments Development of the GHS to Rev.4 Updates from Rev.4 to forthcoming Rev.5 Current and on-going work Implementation update Country/region updates Outline

3 Technical developments

4 4 Development of the GHS GHS Sub-committee has 2-yearly work programmes (biennium) GHS First edition: 2003 First version of GHS endorsed Dec 2002, published July 2003 GHS First revised edition: 2005 Aspiration hazard, developmental toxicity – effects on or via lactation, target organ toxicity single exposure - respiratory tract irritation/narcotic effects GHS Second revised edition: 2007 Guidance on application of building block approach Codification of hazard and precautionary statements

5 5 Development of the GHS GHS Third revised edition: 2009 Miscellaneous changes to clarify some classification criteria Sub-categorization of respiratory and skin sensitizers Subcategory 1A – strong sensitizers Subcategory 1B – other sensitizers Same label elements apply to Category 1 and to subcategories 1A and 1B Different concentration cut-off values for mixture classification apply to subcategories 1A and 1B Hazardous to the aquatic environment Revision of classification criteria for long-term aquatic hazard depending on whether adequate chronic toxicity data available and whether or not rapidly degradable Different approach to classifying mixtures

6 6 Development of the GHS GHS Third revised edition: 2009 New environmental hazard class Hazardous to the ozone layer Substances listed in Annexes to Montreal Protocol Mixtures containing 0.1% of those substances Introduces label elements for ODP substances Labelling New combined hazard statements for health hazards Guidance on labelling of small packages

7 7 Development of the GHS GHS Fourth revised edition: 2011 Chapter Inclusion of chemically unstable gases as a subset within flammable gases Additional hazard statements Chapter 2.3 – Aerosols - Extended to cover non-flammable aerosols – Cat. 3 Hazard statement – Pressurised container: May burst if heated Aerosols not included under Chapter 2.5 Gases under pressure Annex 3 – Precautionary statements revised to simplify and rationalise

8 8 Development of the GHS Amendments coming in 5th Revised Edition GHS 2013 Oxidising solids – new classification criteria based on new test method alongside existing criteria/test method Skin corrosion/irritation – substantial editorial revision to Chapter 3.2, some additional guidance Serious eye damage/eye irritation – similar editorial revision Annexes 1 and 2 combined into new Annex 1: Classification and Labelling Summary Tables Removes duplication from previous annexes Includes the codes for the hazard statements Hxxx More useful and easy to follow Annex 3, section 2: Codification of precautionary statements Revision to simplify and rationalise including removal of duplication

9 9 Development of the GHS Amendments coming in 5th Revised Edition GHS 2013 Annex 3, section 3: consequential amendments to the matrix presenting the precautionary statements and other label elements for each classification category Annex 3, new section 4: provides identification codes for the GHS pictograms – GHS01 – GHS09 Similar approach to codes for hazard and precautionary statements Matches what is in EU CLP regulation Annex 4: Guidance on Safety Data Sheets Revisions to aid clarity and provide additional guidance Includes reference to dust explosion hazards in Hazard Identification section

10 10 Current biennium & beyond Work of Sub-Committee in biennium and on-going Nanomaterials Applicability of the GHS to manufactured nanomaterials, taking into account other international work (OECD) Dust explosion hazards Workplace hazard – guidance in SDS Aspiration hazard Viscosity criterion for classification of mixtures Classification of aerosol/mist products Classification of desensitised explosives

11 11 Current biennium & beyond Work of Sub-Committee Working Groups in biennium and on-going Evaluation of classification criteria and flammability categories for certain refrigerants Water activated toxicity (toxic gas released when wet) Suitability of test method for development of classification criteria Corrosivity criteria Further alignment of corrosivity criteria in Class 8 of the Transport Model Regulations with the GHS criteria Classification of polymerizing substances

12 12 Current biennium & beyond Work of Sub-Committee Working Groups in biennium and on-going Hazard communication issues: Revision of section 9 (physical & chemical props) of SDS guidance Improvements of Annexes 1, 2 and 3 on label elements Precautionary statements – rationalize, improve usability and eliminate redundancies Labelling of small packages – development of guidance and examples

13 13 Current biennium & beyond Work of Sub-Committee Working Groups in biennium and on-going Implementation issues Facilitate the coordinated implementation of the GHS in countries and monitor the status of implementation of the GHS Development of examples illustrating application of classification criteria and any related hazard communication issues – feeds into UNITAR training materials Cooperate with other bodies or international organizations responsible for the administration of international agreements and conventions dealing with the management of chemicals so as to give effect to the GHS through such instruments eg Basel, Rotterdam Conventions, SAICM Assessing the possible development of a list of chemicals classified in accordance with the GHS

14 14 Current biennium & beyond Work of Sub-Committee Working Groups in biennium and on-going Possible development of a global list of GHS classified chemicals Principles to guide development Process must be clear, transparent and follow principles of GHS All hazard classes and categories must be included – priority setting, proceed in stepwise fashion Only substances (chemicals) included, not mixtures – initially prioritised substances Data sets must be referenced with the classifications, data derived using scientifically sound test methods validated according to international procedures Global list of chemical classifications would be non-binding, countries will have the option to make the list binding if they adopt it through their legislative and/or regulatory process

15 Implementation update

16 16 Implementation Status (update) European Union Implemented 20 January 2009 (Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation – CLP) Regulation (EC) No 1272/ 2008 Based on 2 nd revised edition of GHS, some GHS categories not adopted Chemicals must comply with c&l by 1 Dec 2010, Mixtures (products) must comply by 1 June 2015 Amended to bring into line with 3 rd revised edition of GHS in April 2011 Procedures underway to align with 4 th revised edition in 2013 CLP regulation (Annex VI) includes list of GHS classified chemicals – available online

17 17 Implementation Status (update) New Zealand Implemented July 2001 (for new substances) and applicable to all (new and existing substances) since July 2006 Implemented by regulations under Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 Implementation based on draft GHS (pre first edition) Intention is to update to latest version of GHS, but timing is currently not determined Published lists of GHS classified substances, available online

18 18 Implementation Status (update) Australia Following sectoral Building Block Approach Workplace sector – adopted through Model Work Health and Safety legislation – closely follows EU, adopts GHS 3 rd edition Implementation started 1 January 2012, over 5 years 2 years for chemicals, additional 3 years for mixtures Supported by codes of practice on GHS labelling and on safety data sheets Environmental hazards included for guidance only – not mandatory Timelines for adoption in other sectors not yet established

19 19 Implementation Status (update) USA Following sectoral Building Block Approach OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) – workplace sector Revised Hazard Communication Standard published 26 March 2012 Adopts GHS 3 rd revised edition Effective 25 May 2012, mandatory from 1 June 2015 Adoption similar to in Australia, but does not include environmental hazards Timelines for adoption in other sectors not yet established

20 20 Implementation Status (update) Canada Following sectoral Building Block Approach Committed to implement in workplace sector by 1 June 2015 Canada/US technical alignment of GHS implementation under Regulatory Coordination Council Aim – US and Canada companies classify chemicals the same

21 Thank you!


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