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Malaysia Moves to Adopt GHS Revision 8

The Malaysian Department of Occupational Safety and Health published a draft to amend the CLASS Regulations 2013 on June 13. With the 2022 amendments, Malaysia is moving to adopt GHS Revision 8.

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July 18, 2022

by Xunyao Fu, PhD., regulatory specialist, UL's Supply Chain team

The Malaysian Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) published the proposed amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health (Classification, Labelling and Safety Data Sheet of Hazardous Chemicals) Regulations (CLASS) 2013 on June 13, 2022. 

The CLASS Regulations 2013 were enacted to align with GHS Revision 3. With the 2022 amendments, Malaysia is moving to adopt GHS Revision 8.

The proposed amendments are focused on the following items:

  • Revising the GHS classifications of Flammable gases, Aerosols and Chemicals under pressure to align with GHS Revision 8.
  • Adopting new GHS categories for hazard classes of Skin corrosion or irritation, Serious eye damage or eye irritation, Respiratory sensitization and Skin sensitization.
  • Stipulating pictogram dimensions on labels and revising measurements for labels.
  • Changing the cut-off value for Aspiration hazard from >=10.0% to >=1.0%.
  • Revising the small container size from 125 mL to 250 mL.
  • Changing the update of label when there is any change in classification from within 3 months to 6 months.

The draft was published only in Malay, but once the official amendments are issued on the gazette, there will also be an English version available. 

The proposed amendments are open to public comments from June 13, 2022 to August 15, 2022.

Recommended action items

  • Submit any comments or concerns you might have to the DOSH.
  • Keep an eye out for the publication of the official amendments.

References

Notice of the Proposed Amendments to the CLASS Regulations
Occupational Safety and Health (Classification, Labelling and Safety Data Sheet of Hazardous Chemicals) Regulations 2013

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