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Priority Management Chemicals under Taiwan OSHA
Sep 16, 2021
Yao Qin
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Introduction

Priority management chemicals in Taiwan are regulated by the Regulations Governing Designating and Handling of Priority Management Chemicals under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). It was published on December 30, 2014 by the Ministry of Labor (MOL) and implemented on January 1, 2015. On July 6, 2021, the Ministry of Labor issued the revised draft of the Regulations Governing Designating and Handling of Priority Management Chemicals. (Chemlinked news)

This regulation refers to international countries such as the European Union, Japan, the United States, etc., all of which have listed high-hazard or high-yield hazardous chemicals as priority assessment and management targets. Based on the list, the Ministry of Labor sets the number of operations or according to its hazards, requires handlers to report relevant operation data to specifically grasp the distribution of high-concern chemicals and the operation information of major potential risk sites, and establish a management mechanism based on the risk of exposure and hazards.

Restricted Substances

A. Chemicals hazardous to workers under age of 18 and to pregnant female workers or who are within their first postpartum year (Appendix 1 of Regulations Governing Designating and Handling of Priority Management Chemicals).

B. Chemicals classified according to the R.O.C. National Standards (CNS) 15030 and containing any of the followings:

a) Chemicals classified as Category 1 Carcinogen, Category 1 Mutagen or Category 1 Reproductive Toxicant, and designated and published by the central competent authority.

b) Chemicals possessing physical hazards or health hazards, with the maximum aggregated handling quantities reaching the thresholds as specified in Appendix 2, and are designated and published by the central competent authority;

C. Others designated and published by the central competent authority:

  1. Chemicals hazardous to workers under age of 18 and to pregnant female workers or who are within their first postpartum year (Appendix 1 of Regulations Governing Designating and Handling of Priority Management Chemicals).

  2. Hazard classifications and thresholds of priority management chemicals.

Inapplicable Substances

  1. Hazardous industrial wastes;

  2. Tobacco plants and tobacco products;

  3. Foods, beverages, medicines, and cosmetics;

  4. Finished goods;

  5. Consumer goods not for industrial use;

  6. Fire extinguishers;

  7. Inseparable intermediates from chemical reactions in the reaction vessel or production process;

  8. Others designated by the central competent authority.

Obligations

In accordance with the Regulations Governing Designating and Handling of Priority Management Chemicals, manufacturers, importers, suppliers, or employers shall submit the "Basic information of handlers" and "Information of handling" to the central competent authority for recordation. If the number of workers is greater or equal to 100, the handler shall file the report within 6 months of the publication date made by the central competent authority. If the number of workers is less than 100, the handler shall file the report within 18 months of the publication day made by the central competent authority. The periodic updates of information on handling of priority management chemicals shall be made between April and September each year following the year to maintain the timeliness and validity.

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