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Implementation of ghs

Implementation of GHS

An industry view


Outline
Outline

  • Impacts of implementation

  • Industry initiatives

  • Timeframes

  • Way forward


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Implementation of GHS

Impact of implementation


USA

OHS

  • government's semi-annual regulatory agenda published in 2005 includes GHS.   

  • an advance notice of proposed rulemaking will be published this year.

    EPA

  • white paper on implementation of the GHS for pesticides being consulted.

    CPSC

  • work done on a situational analysis on consumer products

    DOT

  • planning to adopt the necessary changes to be consistent with the GHS in 2007, and have them go into effect in 2008.





Scope
Scope

  • Substances:

    • EU: 30 000 subject to REACH

    • Japan: 26 000; 1 500 require MSDS by law

  • Mixtures:

    • EU: 2 000 000


EU Chemical Industry Structure

  • 98% of Enterprises are SMEs (including Micros)

  • > 75% of SMEs are formulators only

  • > 55% of SMEs are not members of a Trade Association


EU: GHS Implementation Issues Timetable

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+1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6 +7 +8 +9 +10 +11

-1 -2 -3

Classification Options

Other CA Options

Draft Legislation

Revise REACH

Substance Classification

Mixture Classification

Downstream Legislation

Annex I Reclassify to GHS

Annex I/Transport Differences Nota/SP Harmonisation

Substance Inventory

Draft Guidance

GHS Training


Challenges
Challenges

  • Significant legislative amendments

  • Co-ordination across fragmented national systems

  • Number of substances in market

  • Chemical industry structure

  • Training


Challenges1
Challenges

  • Decisions on discretionary elements

  • Substances vs mixtures

  • Translation into non UN languages


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Implementation of GHS

Industry initiatives


Responsible care
Responsible Care

  • Occupational health and safety

    • Risk management requires hazard classification

  • Pollution prevention

    • Classification of waste

  • Product stewardship

    • Hazard communication down value chain


Capacity building
Capacity building

  • Raising awareness at enterprise level

  • Support for international initiatives

  • Sharing of best practice and data

  • Generation of hazard data: HPV

    • Global portal


Technical support
Technical support

  • Contribution to end point testing

  • Participation in OECD technical committees


Industry activities
Industry activities

  • Participation in UN Subcommittee

  • Advocacy at national and regional level

  • Raising awareness at enterprise level

  • Supporting capacity building activities

  • Developing implementation plans in line with national legislation




Partnerships
Partnerships

  • Successful implementation will depend on

    • co-operation amongst countries

    • partnerships between Government and private sector

    • sharing information amongst companies

    • Trade facilitation


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