Malaysia Expands List of Hazardous Chemicals – Safety Data Sheets Must Be Updated

The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) of the Malaysian Ministry for Human Resource has added 393 entries to the list of chemicals classified as hazardous and classified 40 chemicals according to the third revised edition of the GHS.

The list is part of the Industry Code of Practice on Chemicals Classification and Hazard Communication, Amendment 2019 (ICOP), now updated for the first time since 2014.

Companies must now update their safety data sheets (SDSs) by June 11 along with the labels for hazardous chemicals. That’s the position of Hazlina Yon, director of the chemical management division of DOSH, as stated to Chemical Watch. An additional 300 chemicals are to be added next year.

Note: SDSs and labels must be created in English and Malaysian (the official national language is Bahasa Malaysia). SDSs must be updated regularly. Companies headquartered in Malaysia must also submit annual reports on safety measures to official agencies.

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