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Japan & GHS

Much like Indonesia and Singapore, Japan requires that chemical hazards be classified and labeled according to the criteria specified in the 4th Revised Edition of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS); detailed classification and labeling schemes were promulgated by Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) 7252 and 7253.

New Classifications & Categories

Those placing products on the market in Japan should be aware that, beginning in 2022, Japan will require that chemical substances and mixtures be classified according to the 6th Revised Edition of the GHS. Most significantly, the Rev 6 adds a new hazard class for desensitized explosives and a new hazard category for pyrophoric gases.

Implications for Manufacturers, Importers & Distributors in Japan

Manufacturers, importers, and distributors of chemical substances or mixtures in Japan, first need to evaluate their current products to see if the updated classification criteria, and addition of a new hazard class and hazard category, creates a need to revise product labels and Safety Data Sheets; if so, you have approximately three years to revise such documents and comply with the May 2022 compulsory deadline.

Whether you’re looking for guidance on how to prepare SDS for your shipments to Japan or other global markets, or you simply need assistance with other chemical compliance matters, Global Safety Management and its team of experts is here to help. Questions? Contact us today!