FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Regulatory Affairs
(301) 986-9700 x112
November 7, 2014 – Bethesda, MD – In response to an Adhesive and Sealant Council's (ASC) petition, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA) has agreed to provide adhesive and sealant manufacturers, as well as other formulated product manufacturers, enforcement relief from the June 1, 2015 compliance deadline for implementation of the Global Harmonization Standard (GHS). The petition was coordinated with eight other trade associations representing various segments of the chemical formulating community.
The administrative relief will come in the form of a compliance directive and enforcement policy that will allow regulated formulators, who can demonstrate due diligence and a good faith effort to obtain information for compliance with June 2015 deadline, to avoid being subject to violation penalties.
Formulators, who do not expect be in full compliance under next year’s continuing deadline, should take steps to document their efforts to obtain the information from suppliers they need to create new safety data sheets (SDSs) and the revised GHS labels as well as record any attempts made to find the information on their own.
“OSHA’s agreement to use some common sense in their enforcement policy will definitely offer relief to our members who are struggling to gather a lot of information from many different sources and then organize it into the new SDS format and develop GHS labels,” said Mark Collatz, ASC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs.
Collatz noted that ASC and all the petitioning groups will be working very closely with OSHA staff during the rest of the year to establish what will be considered a “good faith” effort by their enforcement personnel.
“Eventually, as a result of these meetings over the next few months, we expect that the Agency will issue a formal policy compliance directive that will provide clarity and guidance to both those doing the enforcing and those trying to comply,” said Collatz.
The ASC and the eight petitioning trade associations originally requested relief form OSHA in August citing the fact that both raw material manufacturers and formulators were operating under a simultaneous deadline that created an unworkable situation for their members.
The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the $40 billion global adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 131 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, representing 75% of the U.S. industry. “Innovators secure the future with adhesives and sealants” is the vision of ASC, and the Council produces programs that support five strategic objectives covering Career Education, Community Knowledge Integration, Innovation, Unified Industry Voice and Accelerate Growth. Information on ASC can be found at www.ascouncil.org. Industry solutions and news can be found at www.adhesives.org or www.sealants.org.