From: Monona Rossol <actsnyc**At_Symbol_Here**cs.com>
Subject: Re: Fwd: [DCHAS-L] [SAFETY2] Article on UCLA incident
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:35:13 -0400
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Wow, Ralph. Good catch. I read a lot, and that Canadian article is the first really good airing of both the issues and the personalities.
The Canadians often lagged behind the US in safety, and I'm seeing a real change there. And the biggest change is in their GHS policy. WorkSafe Canada says they are NOT going to harmonize with the US GHS as they have been pressured to do. That they are not giving up their requirements such as the one requiring to declare 1% of any ingredient, trade secret or not, which is a carcinogen, mutagen, etc. The are not giving consumer products an exemption from GHS like we do. They are telling California and the US that the "US GHS is not the GHS." The real GHS is the UN GHS.
Well, good on Canada. And that puts the US now dead last in compliance with GHS. I can only hope that when other countries see our SDSs--especially Section 11--they will refuse shipment. Get a comparison between the UN GHS (latest version is 2011) and our SDS and see why refusal of a shipment would be within their rights.
Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
President: Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc.
Safety Officer: Local USA829, IATSE
181 Thompson St., #23
New York, NY 10012 212-777-0062
From: Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Sent: Mon, Mar 31, 2014 9:27 am
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Fwd: [SAFETY2] Article on UCLA incident
Below is a link to an article from a major daily paper in Canada on the UCLA case.
Ralph Stuart CIH
Chemical Hygiene Officer
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