Japan: New Requirements for SDS and Labeling of Substances

New information requirements for safety data sheets (SDS) and labeling will apply in Japan as of April 1 of this year. The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare has published detailed information on this (in Japanese only). The legal basis is the Industrial Safety and Health Act (ISHA). The requirements of GHS Rev. 6 (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals: GHS) are authoritative.

According to the new requirements, labels must contain the following information:

  • Substance name
  • GHS hazard classifications
  • Harmful effects on humans
  • Hazards with pictograms and warnings
  • Storage and handling instructions
  • Name, address, and telephone number of the supplier
  • Information on the stability and reactivity of the substance

The SDS must contain the following:

  • CAS numbers and substance name
  • Physical and chemical properties of the substance
  • Instructions for appropriate protective measures
  • Specifics on the impact on human health, such as respiratory and skin irritation and germ cell mutagenicity
  • Procedures for accident and emergency management in case of leakage
  • Description of content in terms of concentration value or weight percentage
  • Recommended application and use restrictions

We are familiar with the chemical regulations in Japan. Feel free to contact us at sales@kft.de.



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