By Little Pro on 2016-01-04 Views: Update:2018-02-09
GHS has been introduced to Malaysia via CLASS Regulations issued in Oct 2013 and the Industry Code of Practice on Chemicals Classification and Hazard Communication(ICOP) issued on 16 April 2014. Industry has been given one year grace period to comply with CLASS Regulations and ICOP since ICOP was published.
CLASS Regulations require chemical manufacturers, importers, formulators, and distributors to classify, label and package chemicals, and compile safety data sheets according to the Industry Code of Practice(ICOP) which is aligned with UN GHS Rev. 3.
ICOP is promulgated as a guidance to help the industry comply with CLASS Regulations. It sets out detailed requirements on chemical classifications, labelling and safety data sheets (SDS).
ICOP consists of four parts:
ICOP can be downloaded here.
The Part I of ICOP contains a list of chemical substances that have been classified by DOSH. For hazardous substances on the list, companies must use the classifications given on the list.
For substances not on the list, companies shall use classification criteria given in Part II to classify their chemicals. The classification criteria are aligned with UN GHS Rev. 3. The following building blocks are not adopted by Malaysisa.
Supplier may omit information on the name of a hazardous chemical or the composition and ingredients of a hazardous chemical if the information constitutes confidential business information.
If the substance name is omitted, such information shall be replaced with the generic names of the hazardous chemicals.
Where the exact concentration of an ingredient is CBI, the concentration of the ingredient shall be disclosed using the following allowable concentration range or a narrower range.
Where the classification of the hazardous chemical is based on the ingredients, rather than the product as a whole, the classification must be based on the highest concentration provided in the SDS.
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