China has unveiled a new national standard aimed at enhancing the safe handling and transportation of chemicals. Titled "Rules for classification and labelling of chemicals — Part 1: General specifications", the standard provides comprehensive guidelines for the proper classification and labeling of chemicals, aligning with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
The document, which encompasses critical aspects of chemical safety, delineates key terms and definitions related to chemical classification and labeling. It sets out clear rules governing the classification, labeling, and creation of safety data sheets (SDS) for chemicals. The new standard ensures a consistent approach to chemical classification and labeling in accordance with international practices.
Noteworthy features of the standard include provisions for hazard classification, label elements, and detailed technical instructions pertaining to chemical safety. One of its paramount objectives is to bolster the secure management and transportation of chemicals, safeguarding both human health and the environment.
However, it's important to highlight that the standard does not extend its coverage to pharmaceuticals, food additives, cosmetics, and insecticidal residues in food. Exceptions are made only when there is a likelihood of worker exposure during contact or transportation.
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