China’s State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) released the Guidance for the implementation of the catalogue of hazardous chemicals (trial copy) that provides mandatory classifications for all 2,828 listed entries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Osha) of Taiwan published a list of 6,000 chemical substances with advisory GHS classifications only. South Korea’s list stipulates compulsory classification for approximately 900 substances and was released in 2011 by the South Korean National Institute of Environmental Research (Nier). South Korea’s Occupational Safety and Health Agency (Kosha) also provides its own advisory GHS classifications for over 10,000 substances. In Indonesia, first steps towards GHS implementation were made by the Ministry of Industry (MoI) in 2010, when its decree (MoI No.87/M-IND/PER/9/200), based on the second UN GHS revision, was published. On 12 April 2013, the decree (MoI No.23/M-IND/PER/4/2013), based on the fourth revision of UN GHS, revised the regulation and extended the transition period for mixtures, until 31 December 2016. It also required SDS and labelling to be updated for substances. In Thailand, GHS became mandatory through the notification of the Ministry of Industry on the hazard classification and communication system for hazardous substances (B.E. 2555) in 2012, based on the third UN GHS revision. All building blocks of the third revision were implemented, except eye irritation, category 2 and the subcategories for skin corrosion, category 1. In Vietnam, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) implemented GHS, based on the third revision.
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