by Darlene Susa-Anderson
On August 28, 2018, the World Trade Organization (WTO) provided notice of two drafts for comments, which sees Israel move ever closer to implementing the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). Comments to SI 2302 Part 1 – Dangerous Substances and Mixtures: Classification, Labelling, Marking and Packaging and SI 2302 Part 2 – Transportation: Classification, Labelling, Marking and Packaging are being accepted up until October 28, 2018.
What is contained in the drafts?
The Part 1 draft replaces an earlier draft dated December 3, 2013 which is largely based on the EU CLP Regulation 1272/2008 (CLP).
It is not clear as to which version of the GHS this draft was based on, but since ‘flammable aerosols’ and not ‘aerosols’ are identified as an end point, this suggests that it is based on the 3rd Revision. However, H229, H230 and H231 are also included in this draft, and these hazard statements were first introduced in Revision 4.
A table for the minimum size of the label based on container size is included, as well as 24 supplemental hazard statements prefaced with an EUH.
Similar to the CLP Regulation, two substances are identified, which if present in a concentration equal to or greater than the concentration limit specified, will require child-resistant fastenings if the substance or mixture is supplied to the general public.
When will they be finalized, and when will Israel implement GHS?
During the anticipated 3-year transition period, both the existing SI 2302 Part 1 standard (dated 2009) and the revised version of SI 2302 Part 1 will be allowed. At present there is no official timeline for when the revised SI 2302 Part 1 standard will be finalized.
Israel is an OECD member country and, as such, must implement GHS based on a May 25, 2018 revision to OECD’s Decision-Recommendation of the Council on the Co-operative Investigation and Risk Reduction of Chemicals.
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Draft SI 2302 Part 1 (available in Hebrew only)
Draft SI 2302 Part 2 (available in Hebrew only)
Israel, GHS, Classification, Labelling, Packaging, Globally Harmonized System, OECD, Decision-Recommendation