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Japan: GHS Rev. 6 to Apply as of May 25, 2022

Japan has aligned its JIS Z 7252 and 7253 standards on chemical classification, labelling and safety data sheets (SDSs) with the GHS Rev.6. Chemical suppliers have until May 24, 2022 to adopt the requirements and update their SDSs and labels.

In Japan, GHS labels and SDSs are mandatory only for chemicals regulated under three laws, including the Industrial Safety and Health Law (ISHL), the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) Law and the Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Law (PDSCL). For other chemicals, implementation of GHS classification and hazard communication elements is encouraged.

These laws have different applicable scopes, but all refer to the same standards on the criteria for classification, labeling and SDS preparation, namely:

The standards were published in May 2019. A notable revision was that an additional hazard class for desensitized explosives with new H statements H206 to H208 was incorporated into the standards. In addition, a sub-hazard category (Pyrophoric gas) was introduced for flammable gases.

As the three-year grace period expired on May 24, 2022, to facilitate industry compliance with the new requirements, ChemLinked is going to stage a webinar with our partner JCDB on Japan GHS in June 2022. The registration is now open. Please click here to save your seat.

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