Dis-harmonization” of GHS
This week, I sat down with Karin Baron, a senior regulatory consultant here at Bergeson & Campbell and all around expert on chemical product labeling to discuss recent developments pertinent to the United States Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). These regulatory developments have been proposed to bring the HCS more in line with GHS, the Global Hazard Communication Standard. Karin unpacks this complex but really important area of the law and focuses on the aspirational and important goals of harmonization, in a way that focuses on the realities of a world that actually ensures dis-harmonization.
Karin has more than 15 years’ experience developing, implementing, and managing complex chemical regulatory compliance matters for some of the world’s largest industrial and specialty chemical companies. One of Karin’s many talents is the ability to communicate clearly and make sense out of the complex morass of global product hazard warning and labeling requirements.
Our conversation touches upon the intricacies of this issue, including product labeling processes, managing Safety Data Sheets, the implications of harmonization on competition and anti-trust, as well as the interactions with TSCA and REACH.
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