By Xunyao Fu, PhD.
On February 7, 2014, the Singapore Chemical Standards Committee approved Standard SS 586: 2014 “Specification for hazard communication for hazardous chemicals and dangerous goods” which is a revision of SS 586: 2008 based on the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), Revision 4.
SS 586 consists of 3 parts:
Part 1: Transport and storage of dangerous goods,
Part 2: Globally harmonised system of classification and labelling of chemicals – Singapore’s adaptation,
Part 3: Preparation of safety data sheets (SDS).
Parts 1 and 2 have been revised to form SS 586-1: 2014 and SS 586-2: 2014, respectively, while Part 3 has been amended. The revision includes an update on the requirements, transport emergency information panel, storage emergency information panel (Part 1) and a new section on Singapore’s decision on the generic concentration limits for some hazard classes, specific requirements on labelling on containers and in workplaces and training requirements (Part 2). For Part 3, the amendment includes an update to the GHS label elements in Section 2 for SDSs and cut-off value for the Hazard Class and Category: Hazardous to ozone layer and Asphyxiation hazard (Category 1), respectively, due to the adoption of GHS Rev. 4.
The standard took effect immediately after its publication. The revised SS 586 can be purchased from the Singapore Standards eShop: