The Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA) has published a guidance document assisting industries in preparing SDS according to new requirements under the revised new ISHL.

Even though this guide is not official regulation, it is considered a high-value reference since it was prepared by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW).

This guidance provides templates on :

● Recommended uses and restrictions.

● Protective equipment to be used for the recommended uses

● Display and non-disclosure of ingredients.

At present there are 674 substances, as well as their mixtures exceeding the corresponding threshold are subjected to mandatory SDSs and labeling requirements. In addition, 234 substances have been newly assigned for such mandatory requirement, effective from 1st April 2024 with a buffer period of 1 year.

Substances subject to special regulatory measures are those regulated under the followings:

● Ordinance on Prevention of Hazards Due to Specified Chemical Substances

● Ordinance on Prevention of Organic Solvent Poisoning

● Ordinance on Prevention of Lead Poisoning

● Ordinance on Prevention of Hazards Due to Dust

● Ordinance on Prevention of Tetraalkyl Lead Poisoning

In the future, the MHLW will provide standards as a benchmark for chemical management. Currently, this is not published. The synthetic resin is assumed not to be regulated by any of three main laws like ISHL, PRTR, and PDSCL and is not contributed to the GHS classification of the mixture.


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