ILO Chemicals Convention Concerning Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work

Little Pro on 2016-01-07

The Chemicals Convention concerning Safety in the use of Chemicals at Work was promulgated by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 1990 and entered into force on 04 Nov 1993. The Convention protects workers from the harmful effects of chemicals in workplace.

Under the Convention, suppliers of hazardous chemicals are required to identify the hazards of their chemicals, and prepare safety data sheets and labels. Employers are required to label all chemicals used at workplace and make safety data sheets available to workers.

In addition to that, the Convention requires employers to ensure that workers are not exposed to chemicals to an extent which exceeds exposure limits.

Impacts of ILO's Chemicals Convention

Most countries in the world have incorporated the key requirements of ILO's chemicals convention into their own occupational health and safety legislation. This is also one of the key drivers for the implementation of Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) at workplace. Many countries have also developed official occupational exposure limits for common hazardous chemicals at workplace. Employers must take operational control measures to reduce workers' exposure to those hazardous chemicals.

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