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GreenTag Certifiers Ready to Roll With New GHS Requirements

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Major changes to OH&S requirements are here and GreenTag is ready for the legislative requirements that have been introduced in Australia with  respect to the new legislative requirement for classification and labelling of chemicals under the  Globally Harmonised System (GHS) originally developed by the United Nations.

The use of the GHS is now mandatory from  January 1st, 2017, having been announced in 2012 by the Safe Work Australia and introduced into Global GreenTag Standards commencing also in 2012 and has consequently played some small part in helping to establish the use of GHS in the market since – just  as it also has in the development and growth of LCA  (Life Cycle Assessment),   EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) and a soon to be announced new declaration, currently under wraps.

In terms of chemical classification and labelling under the new look GHS, GreenTag is ready.

GreenTag  product assessment procedures are aligned to the new system, which  applies to all workplace hazardous chemicals in NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, TAS, NT and Commonwealth systems under the GHS and the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations and their Hazardous Substances Information System.

GreenTag  product assessors, whose job is to rate products with careful consideration of any chemical risks in products under certification, gladly welcome  the new GHS system – for its clarity and opportunity to increase demands for transparency and greater product disclosure.

The new GHS system provides enhanced  criteria by which to classify hazards, including  risk of hazards pertaining to human health, such as carcinogenicity, risks to the  environment , such as toxic  release  to waterways and of course physical hazards – a pertinent category, especially in light of the urgent need in recent years in the Australian building industry that has seen a number of fire outbreaks, due in part to flammability in the  chemical components in sub-par and uncertified materials.

Under the GHS new system, all manufacturers, importers, suppliers and users of hazardous chemicals will be required to observe legislative requirements  to manage the risks associated with hazardous chemicals in the workplace.  This will include  ensuring the safe use, handling and storage of chemicals, as well as specific duties under the model Work Health and Safety Regulations.

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Under the GHS there are nine new Hazard Pictograms:

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Hazard Descriptions

In plain text contexts, the GHS uses the words ‘Danger’ and ‘Warning’ as signals to indicate the relative level of severity of a hazard. ‘Danger’ being used for more severe or significant hazards, with ‘Warning’ being used for less severe hazards.

Hazard and Precautionary Statements

Hazard Statements are assigned to a class and category that describes the nature of the hazards of a substance, including where appropriate, the degree of hazard, e.g. the hazard statement ’Toxic if swallowed’ is the Hazard Statement for Acute Toxicity category 3 (Oral).

Precautionary Statements describe the recommended measures that should be taken to minimise or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure, or improper storage or handling of a hazardous chemical. The GHS precautionary statements cover prevention, response, storage and disposal.

Hazard and precautionary statements replace the ‘Risk’ and ‘Safety’ phrases required under previous laws.

For more information, see the classification and labelling for workplace hazardous chemicals poster

READ MORE IN FULL the article  in Sourceable by David Baggs, CEO of GreenTag  who expands on the new changes for Australia. https://sourceable.net/new-ohs-chemical-classification-system-launches-in-oz/

 

Join Global GreenTag at Total Facilities 2017

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Total Facilities, 29 – 30 March 2017, International Convention Centre Sydney

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David Baggs出席第四界国际绿色室内设计大赛评委

第四届国际绿色室内设计奖颁奖典礼(2017)在悉尼举行,全球绿色标牌首席执行官David Baggs首次被邀请担任评委

自去年11月成立以来,国际大奖赛的参赛作品数量以惊人的速度增加。获奖名单将于5月25日公布,获奖者将于6月8日公布。

David Baggs说:“这个比赛组委会正在成为一个伟大的机构。 去年有一些梦幻般的作品,今年我期待着成为评委组委会的一员决定2017年决赛的获奖者。”

“坚持和世界同步以及市场地位,为室内设计项目提供认证过的可持续产品作为典范,是GreenTag业务的重要组成部分。帮助人们和市场充分接受绿色内饰是我们的主要议程,因为我们希望更多的人了解他们的选择可能对我们的星球和他们的健康有什么影响,并促使设计师主动选择有助于确保安全未来的产品。”

2015年获得绿色室内设计奖的获奖者包括来自南非,澳大利亚,美国和奥地利的设计。 2017年,该活动将在全球知名机构的支持下进一步加强,其中包括加拿大皇家建筑学院,以色列绿色建筑委员会和世界各地的其他领先的环保标志,比如GreenTag,支持室内生活或者工作环境的健康设计以及所使用的材料的发展。

为了在这样的赛事中扮演更重要的角色,您与国际绿色室内设计奖的合作机会仍然存在。如果您拥有绿色品牌,那么获得绿色标牌的认证是将自己置身于高品质的观众和主要行业决策者的绝佳方式。另外,和一个独特的奖项有关联,这将百分之百回馈在本地和全球项目中使用的绿色内饰产品。

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