K-OSHA requires safety data sheets
The modified Korean occupational safety law (K-OSHA) took effect on January 16, 2021. The law requires you, as a manufacturer or importer, to transmit a safety data sheet (SDS) to the responsible agency for every hazardous substance. The same requirement applies to only representatives (ORs) according to K-OSHA.
What Deadlines must I absolutely keep an eye on?
The deadlines related to the registration periods for submission of the SDS also depend on the tonnage band:
Since January 16, 2021
- For all new imported or manufactured products
January 16, 2022
- For the tonnage band ≥1,000 tons/year
January 16, 2023
- For the tonnage band 100–1,000 tons/year
January 16, 2024
- For the tonnage band 10–100 tons/year
January 16, 2025
- For the tonnage band 1–10 tons/year
January 16, 2026
- For the tonnage band <1 ton/year
Note the differences
In general, the requirements in South Korea mirror those in the EU. However, there are differences that you must familiarize yourself with. The differences lie not only in the legal requirements, but also in the ways in which the government offices and agencies operate. It can be smart to put these services in the hands of those familiar with local circumstances.
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