The ChemADVISORY interviews hazard communication specialist Alexis Sumner in September 2015.
by June Kang
The KCMA (Korea Chemicals Management Association) annual seminar 2015 hosted by KCMA and sponsored by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) took place on September 10 and 11, 2015 in Jeju, Korea. K-REACH (officially named as Act on the registration and Evaluation of Chemical Substances) and related issues were covered on the first day and on the second day, the Chemicals Control Act (CCA) and the issues of safely controlling the handling of chemical substances were discussed.
Ms. Yoo-Kyoung Kim of Korea’s MOE presented the direction for the chemicals management policy. She addressed that the MOE is working on an amendment to K-REACH to simplify registration and exemption processes for the industry. The amendment includes lessened required data and documents for R&D products, specifying the requirements for test data exemptions, and a provision to omit sensitive information such as trade secrets and specified substance identification from some official documents that could be inadvertently disclosed.
In the next presentation, Ms. Hyun-kyoung Kim of NIER (National Institute of Environmental Research) discussed new chemical substance registration and related topics. She provided the current status of chemical registrations and Only Representative (OR) appointment. As of the end of July, 1313 registrations have been accepted out of 1521 submissions of low volume new chemicals and existing chemicals subject to registration and 533 OR appointments have been approved out of 540 applications. Ms. Kim specially asked the industry for more patience with MOE and NIER for administering K-REACH given MOE has been prioritizing streamlining registration processes for the industry. MOE understands all the complaints that industry has and will keep improving the K-REACH system by addressing industry’s difficulties with the new chemical registration system.
During this two-day seminar, Mr. Jae-sung Kim of KCMA introduced the K-REACH supporting project especially designed to minimize the financial burden of registration for small- to mid-scale businesses. Regarding CCA, MOE emphasized that safety control and management of chemical substances will be tightened and that violations will be strictly punished under the CCA. MOE also presented the supporting plan for small- to mid-scale businesses.
The KCMA seminar 2015 was held successfully with over 250 attendees from Korea’s chemical industry and multinational corporations, as well as ChemADVISOR.
*The picture was provided by KCMA.
by Weisin Chai
Following the conclusion of the Existing Chemical Substance Nomination (ECN) on December 31, 2010, the Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination (SECN) on August 31, 2012, and the Second Supplementary Existing Substance Nomination (SSECN) on July 31, 2014, the Ministry of Labor published the Taiwan Chemical Substance Inventory (TCSI) on December 31, 2014, with approximately 93,000 substances.
On September 8, 2015, the TCSI was updated via OSHA Order No. 10402028452. After the amendment, the TCSI is made up of approximately 100,000 chemical substances, with approximately 76,400 substances with CAS numbers, 19,000 substances with serial numbers beginning with 'N-', 1,000 substances with serial numbers beginning with 'P-', 600 substances with serial numbers beginning with "C" and 3,000 substances with serial numbers beginning with "E". Substances with N-numbers and E-numbers are substances without CAS numbers, while substances with P-numbers and C-numbers are those with protected data.
In this amendment, the inventory has been harmonized from substances registered via both the Taiwan Ministry of Labor (MOL) and the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act.
This inventory serves as an important reference for the development of chemical management in Taiwan. The inventory is searchable by CAS number, serial number and Chinese or English chemical names through the website of Chemical Registration Management (CSNN), Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Ministry of Labor.
Taiwan Chemical Substance Inventory (TCSI) https://csnn.osha.gov.tw/content/home/Substance_Home.aspx
OSHA Order No. 10402028452 https://csnn.osha.gov.tw/uploadFile/2015910173943_%e5%8b%9e%e5%8b%95%e9%83%a8%e5%85%ac%e5%91%8a%e5%87%bd.pdf
List of TCSI Substances (December 31, 2014) http://gazette.nat.gov.tw/EG_FileManager/eguploadpub/eg021002/ch08/type3/gov82/num32/images/Eg01.pdf
List of TCSI Substances (September 8, 2015) http://gazette.nat.gov.tw/EG_FileManager/eguploadpub/eg021170/ch08/type3/gov82/num29/images/Eg01.pdf
By Lily Hou, PhD., CHMM
On September 2, 2015, China's State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) published the Guidance for the Implementation of the Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals (for trial). The Guidance document provides GHS hazard classifications for all 2,828 chemicals listed in the Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals (2015) which was released earlier this year by ten administrative departments of China.
The basis for the hazard classifications is the Chinese National Standards: Rules for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GB 30000.2-2013 - GB 30000.29-2013), which are aligned with the fourth revised edition of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). However, the Guidance does not cover all classifications under the UN GHS. The following less hazardous categories are not included in the Guidance:
- Explosives: Divisions 1.5 and 1.6
- Aerosols: Categories 2 and 3
- Flammable liquid: Category 4
- Self-reactive substances and mixtures: Types F and G
- Organic peroxides: Type G
- Acute toxicity: Categories 4 and 5
- Skin corrosion/irritation: Category 3
- Aspiration hazard: Category 2
- Hazardous to the aquatic environment, short-term: Category 3
- Hazardous to the aquatic environment, long-term: Category 4
Adoption of the classifications from the Chinese Guidance is mandatory and effective immediately upon publication. Manufacturers and importers of hazardous chemicals shall assign hazard statements, signal words, pictograms and precautionary statements for a hazardous chemical on the basis of the hazard classification information provided in the Guidance and in accordance with GB 30000.2-2013 - GB 30000.29-2013.
Companies may include additional hazard categories or more stringent hazard classifications. For classifications with an asterisk in the entry, the minimum classifications provided in the Guidance should be used, but you may classify in a more severe hazard category in cases where sufficient data for the classifications are available.
In the Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals (2015), most of the chemicals are listed without a concentration limit, therefore it is often unclear whether a mixture containing a hazardous chemical is subject to the license and registration requirements under the Regulations on the Safe Management of Hazardous Chemicals in China (Decree 591). The Guidance clarifies that a chemical product is considered a hazardous chemical and therefore subject to hazardous chemical management if the main components are listed in the Catalogue, and the total mass or volume percentage of the main components is greater than or equal to 70%. The only exception is when the chemical product is classified as non-hazardous under the Measures for the Administration of Physical Hazard Identification and Classification of Chemicals (SAWS Order 60).
For chemicals containing hazardous components at less than 70%, manufacturers and importers should classify the chemical in accordance with SAWS Order 60. If the classification result is hazardous, the chemical will be subject to the registration requirement.
The official Guidance is available from the State Administration of Work Safety of China website and in Chinese only: http://www.chinasafety.gov.cn/newpage/Contents/Channel_5330/2015/0902/257317/content_257317.htm
Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals (2015): http://www.chinasafety.gov.cn/newpage/Contents/Channel_5492/2015/0309/247026/content_247026.htm
Regulations on the Safe Management of Hazardous Chemicals in China (Decree 591): http://www.gov.cn/zwgk/2011-03/11/content_1822783.htm
Measures for the Administration of Physical Hazard Identification and Classification of Chemicals (SAWS Order 60): http://www.chinasafety.gov.cn/newpage/Contents/Channel_21099/2013/0724/240529/content_240529.htm