Mexico Published Official Standard Making GHS Mandatory

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Friday, October 23, 2015

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Mexico published its national implementation of the UN GHS on October 9 of 2015, as NOM-018-STPS-2015, Harmonized system for the identification and communication of hazards and risks from hazardous chemicals in the workplace (NORMA Oficial Mexicana NOM-018-STPS-2015, Sistema armonizado para la identificación y comunicación de peligros y riesgos por sustancias químicas peligrosas en los centros de trabajo).

The standard regulates the use of chemical substances and mixtures in the workplace, and makes no obligations relative to the SDSs provided by suppliers. Nonetheless the NOM offers perspective on what elements will best serve Mexican customers who must comply with the standard in the workplace.

Transition period

The NOM-018-STPS-2015 takes effect 3 years after the date of publication in the official journal, therefore on 8 October 2018.

During the transition period, it remains legal to use either the NOM-018-STPS-2000 or provisions voluntarily adopting the GHS per (PROY)NOM-018-STPS-2014 [the proposed NOM that was adopted as NOM-018-STPS-2015]. The NOM-018-STPS-2000 makes less prescriptive requirements to communicate hazards, so the GHS effectively complies with the NOM-018-STPS-2000.

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