The research and development of chemicals evolves in swift, where the lifecycle of chemicals in manufacturing, operation, storage, transportation and use might cause fire, explosion, spills, poisoning and other damages. It may lead to property loss, death, adverse exposure, and environmental impact due to improper handling or insufficient safety facilities. People’s safety and health are threatened by unsafe chemical use. The management of new chemical substances and existing chemical substances is the crucial basis for a sound chemical management of hazardous chemicals. Subsequent precaution and actions would heavily rely on the assessment of the hazards, exposure scenarios and risks of chemical substances.
(NEW)MOL Issued the Inventory of Chemical Substances,
Urges Manufactures and Importers to be Prepared for New Chemical Substances Registration on Jan. 1st, 2015(Dec 12, 2014)
New chemical substances registration under Occupational Safety and Health Act is expected to come into force on January 1st, 2015. The draft inventory of chemical substances established by MOL was now available. Industries and stakeholders were able to access listed chemicals through search function in CSNN website. For chemical substances that are not listed in the Inventory will be identified as new chemical substances, a chemical substance safety assessment report must be submitted for approval before importing or manufacturing. Corresponding manufactures and importers of new chemical substances are suggested to be fully prepared in advance for registration.
To strengthen chemical source control management and safeguard workers health and safety, MOL had been reported the Executive Yuan in 2009 and implemented an interagency program of “National chemical substances registration and information utilization “during 2009 and 2010. An industrial voluntary nomination program was launched according to the Directions for chemical substances nomination prescribed in 2009. A draft inventory was established and renewed by supplementary nomination (SSECN) carried out respectively in 2012 and May, 2014. There are 93,000 chemical substances included in the draft inventory of chemical substances. This inventory (Taiwan Chemical Substance Inventory, TCSI) will serve as a reference for new chemical substances registration, for which substances that are not listed in the inventory of chemical substances issued by Occupational Safety and Health Act on January 1st, 2015.
According to Article 13 of Occupational Safety and Health Act, manufacturers or importers shall not manufacture or import chemicals containing new chemical substances that are not in the inventory of chemical substances announced by the central competent authority prior to submitting a chemical substance safety assessment report to the central competent authority and receiving registration approval for the new substances. Given that the inventory of chemical substances is a legal installation of reference used to identify new chemical substances and may affect rights and interests of manufacturing and import firms, MOL developed CSNN website (http://csnn.osha.gov.tw) for industrials to search the inventory of chemical substances and access the latest information. For further website and searching information, please contact Safety and Health Technology Center (SAHTECH) Helpdesk for advice. (06-2937770)
MOL Occupational Safety and Health Administration pointed out that rather the mechanisms of new chemical substances registration authorized under MOL and Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act of Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) are both the same devices for chemical source control, but the purposes and targets of two different laws are different in nature. Concerns of avoiding repeated registrations and extra burdens to industries are addressed. MOL and EPA are seeking corporation and to adopt a harmonized “single registration window” to avoid the duplication of registration requirements at most.
(NEW)Users are encouraged to search for chemicals submitted under SSECN(Nov 24, 2014)
The Inventory of Chemical Substances (draft) has been updated. Substances submitted under Second Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination (SSECN) are now included in the inventory. Users are able to search for chemicals for their use.
Occupational Safety and Health Act Takes Effect on July 3rd in Taiwan - Two-stage Implementation(July 4, 2014)
Labor Safety and Health Act, renamed as Occupational Safety and Health Act (hereinafter referred as the "Act"), has been amended and promulgated on July 3rd, 2013. Providing greater safeguard for all workers, the Act takes effect on July 3rd 2014 and is implemented in two stages.
To efficiently enforce the Act covering 58 subordinate regulations, a two-stage implementation process is approved and adopted by the Executive Yuan. During the first stage, the amended provisions of existing regulations (41 subordinate regulations) are in effect from July 3rd 2014. As the secondary stage of implementation, new schemes and measures will be launched on January 1st, 2015.
New regulatory measures imposed on January 1st, 2015, include: a machinery, equipment, appliance and chemical source management system; maternity protection and employment equality measures for maternity health and protection; regular process safety assessment and supervision for high-risk business. By a phase-in approach to the regulation implementation, source control and control banding management systems are expected to ensure improved occupational safety and health.
The Ministry of Labor, Executive Yuan(MOL) issued the “Direction for Second Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination” (May 27, 2014)
The Ministry of Labor, Executive Yuan (MOL) issued the Direction for Second Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination (SSECN) on May 26, 2014. Stakeholders and industries can download the Direction (in Chinese) from MOL’s Law Source Retrieving System of Labor Laws and Regulations.
English version of the Direction
Countdown to Taiwan Second Supplementary Existing Substance Nomination(May 21, 2014)
On July 3rd, 2013, the amendments of Labour Safety and Health Act renamed as “Occupational Safety and Health Act” was promulgated by Presidential Order. According to Article 13, chemical substances that are not in the announced chemical substance inventory are subject to new chemical substance registration. Since completeness of the chemical inventory is significantly involved in the future management of new chemical substances, and affects the rights and interests of industries, second supplementary existing substance nomination (SSECN) will be launched on 1 June, 2014.
To give full preparation of SSECN, MOL OSHA has held three conferences respectively in Taipei, on April, 11th; in Kaohsiung, on April 28th; in Taichung, on May 5th. To respond to concerns of major stakeholders, the schedule of SSECN, together with the targets, scope, methods, and procedure were presented at the conference. Also national planning of new chemical substance registration including types, classification, and information requirement was introduced. Most attendees gave positive feedbacks to government’s efforts of proactive communication and the arrangement of SSECN.
SSECN program is about to start. Companies qualified, or to be in compliance, must take the chance for nomination and the joint development of national chemical substance inventory.
Proactive communications with all stakeholders is under progress for the CLA and EPA amendments (Dec 10, 2013)
In line with the source control management of chemical substances in the amendments of Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act, TCSCA and Occupational Safety and Health Act, OSHA, EPA and CLA held 20 and 6 seminars separately across cities in Taiwan. The seminars focused on the latest development of the amendments, aiming at clarifying the scheme of new chemical substances registration and management of existing chemical substances. This year over 2,000 domestic and foreign industry representatives participated in these events.
Given OSHA and TCSCA received their third reading respectively in June and December 2013, respectively, industry in Taiwan showed strong concern towards the subsequent implementation and supplementary regulations. Therefore Q&A sessions were arranged in seminars to facilitate discussion and exchange among industries and competent authorities. Industry voiced their concerns, difficulties, experiences, as well as suggestions in respect to the articles, scheme and implementation plans.
The framework of supplementary regulations of TCSCA and OSHA is actively under establishment, and relevant public consultation and hearings will be launched in the first and second quarter in 2014. Stakeholders from all industry sectors are welcomed to participate in the following proceedings.
Newly Approved “Occupational Safety and Health Act” marks milestone of chemicals management (Jun 19, 2013)
The amendments of Labor Safety and Health Act renamed as “Occupational Safety and Health Act” (the Act) passed its third reading in the Legislative Yuan (18 June, 2013). It is set forth therein that the Act applies to all occupations, providing broader coverage from 6.7 million to 10.67 million workers to secure their safety and health in workplaces. This is a new milestone of human rights for protection of workers in Taiwan.
Following the global trend in transition toward safe chemical use, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) has been preparing for the amendments aiming at enhancing sound chemical management since 2006. Newly approved “Occupational Safety and Health Act” has 55 articles. Key revisions related to the chemicals management are as follows:
1. For the purpose of establishing systems of new chemical registration and risk assessment and management, etc., and for the competent authority of the central government to manage new chemicals, this amendment stipulates that manufacturers or importers shall not manufacture or import prior to submitting hazard and labor risk assessment report and obtain the approval for registration of new chemicals other than those listed in chemical substances inventory published by the competent authority of the central government. Any such matters governed by other laws or promulgated by competent authority of the central government are not subject to the prescribed requirements. (amended Article 13)
2. In order to strengthen permitting management of appointed controlled chemicals with carcinogenicity, special health hazards, major health risk or acute hazards, this regulation stipulates the manufacturer, importer or employer shall not manufacture, import or provide worker(s) to handle such appointed controlled chemicals designated by competent authority of the central government. The manufacturer, importer or employer shall submit relevant operation data of priority management chemicals designated by competent authority of the central government for record. (amended Article 14)
3. This amendment stipulates that manufacturers or importers, prior to providing hazardous chemicals to business units or self-employed, shall have labels and provide material safety data sheet (MSDS). (amended Article 10)
4. This amendment stipulates that for hazardous chemicals, employers shall assess their risks and implement management measures of control banding according to hazards, distribution and handling amount of hazardous chemicals. (amended Article 11)
CLA in response will proactively develop supplementary regulations and related measures to ensure implementation of the Act. Safety and health of all workers should be safeguarded and advanced to higher levels.
Progress Update on New Chemical Registration Legislative Activities in Taiwan (May 9, 2013)
Registration scheme for New chemical substances is mainly covered by two legislations, the Occupational safety and Health Act Amendment of CLA and the Toxic Chemicals Substances Control Act Amendments of EPA. The two amendment bills were approved by the Executive Yuan. Currently legislative processes in Congress are underway. Upon the Congressional approval of the amendment bills, the bills will be signed and announced for adoption by the President. CSNN website will continue to provide the latest updates of the legislative progress.
Updated Existing Chemical Substances Inventory Now Available on CSNN (Dec 22, 2012)
The NCSR Office completed updating the existing chemical substances inventory. The updated inventory is now available on the CSNN website. Over 370,000 dossiers covering more than 79,000 substances were notified by 5,500 companies. The updated Existing chemical substances inventory will provide a solid foundation for the future development of chemical management in Taiwan.
Types of substances included in the Existing chemical substances inventory includes well-defined substances (>70%), polymer and UVCB substances, etc. Approximately 40% of the nominated chemical substances are handled in quantities over 1 tonne per year. Also the inventory identifies 19,000 existing chemical substances possessing GHS hazards. Additionally, less than 1% of all substances are listed under data protection.
The updated Existing chemical substances inventory is now available on CSNN websit(http://csnn.cla.gov.tw/content/Substance_home.aspx). Users are able to identify the substances in search fields by entering CAS No., serial number( for substances without CAS number or substances with data protection), or exact chemical substances names in Chinese or English. The inventory was last updated on Dec. 22, 2012.
The Executive Yuan passed the draft amendment of Labor Safety and Health Act. Expected to be submitted to the Legislative Yuan for approval (Nov 19, 2012)
On Thursday, the 15th of November, the Executive Yuan approved the renaming of the Labor Safety and Health Act to the more inclusive Occupational Safety and Health Act. The amendment requires new chemical notification, and obligations of hazardous chemicals operators to label, register, evaluate and obtain permit of hazardous chemical substances. The revised law not only expands coverage, but also sets up a more complete system, including new chemical notification requirement, to ensure occupational safety and health and is conducive to protecting Taiwan's basic human rights and helping the country maintain a healthy workforce. The draft amendment is expected to be submitted to the Legislative Yuan for approval.
Source: The Council of Labor Affairs Headline News
Existing Chemical Substance Inventory (draft) scheduled to be updated in December (Nov 5, 2012)
After concluding the existing chemical substance supplementary (SECN) on August 31, 2012, the NCSR office has now completed checking all SECN dossiers, and the review is coming to an end. The Existing Chemical Substance Inventory (draft) is scheduled to be revised and updated in mid-December. The updated draft inventory will be able to be accessed at http://csnn.cla.gov.tw/content/Substance_home.aspx. During the period of nomination, most dossiers submitted by nominators were in compliance with the SECN direction. Currently a small portion of nominators are still in the process of re-submitting further information due to incomplete document or incorrect data submission. The review and confirmation process for dossiers applying for data protection is also still on-going.Information on CSNN website (http://csnn.cla.gov.tw) will be periodically updated for public access.
Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination Concluded on 2012/8/31 (Sep 1, 2012)
In accordance with the Direction for Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination (SECN) issued by the Council of Labor Affairs, Executive Yuan (CLA) on April 18, 2012, the National Chemical Register Office conducted Existing Chemical Substance Nomination during the period of June 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012. The Existing Chemical Substance Inventory (draft) information System on CSNN has been visited by over 1 million local and foreign stakeholders since it became available in April 2012. During SECN, the CLA received supplementary nominations from over 400 manufacturers covering over 2,000 substances.
With active participation from all industries, the CLA was able to conclude the SECN on August 31, 2012. The National Existing Chemical Inventory is continuing being developed and updated to reflect the conditions of chemicals in use in Taiwan. In order to introduce provisions of new chemical substances notification to enhance the national chemical management scheme, the Council of Labor Affairs and the Environmental Protection Administration are in the process of amending the Labor Safety and Health Act and the Toxic Chemical Substances Control Act. The inter-agency coordination meetings will continue to be held to discuss development progress of the inventory and the CSNN website will continue to be updated and maintained for public access.
Existing Chemical Substance Inventory (draft) Information System and Supplementary ECN Tools are now available (May 2, 2012)
Existing Chemical Substance Inventory (draft) Information System
Supplementary ECN Tools
Complementary Measures and Tools for Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination scheduled to be released in May (Apr 18, 2012)
The Council of Labor affairs, Executive Yuan (CLA), announced Direction for Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination on April 18th 2012, providing opportunity for industries to take part in the Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination (referred to as the Supplementary ECN hereafter) on a voluntary basis.
Based on the Direction for Existing Chemical Substance Nomination (which ended on December 31, 2010) the CLA has compiled the draft existing chemical substances inventory. In order to keep the inventory up to date, Supplementary ECN is scheduled to open this year to accept nominations of existing chemical substances. Supplementary ECN is scheduled to open for three months, beginning on June 1st and ending on August 31st, 2012. Eligible nominators are encouraged to nominate their chemical substances according to the Direction of Supplementary ECN and its complementary measures.
Complementary measures, including supplementary ECN tools, existing chemical substance inventory (draft) information system, supplementary ECN guidance and relevant documents for Supplementary ECN, are scheduled to be released in the first week of May to provide potential nominators with necessary resources for Supplementary ECN.
Starting this May, Supplementary ECN information sessions will be held around Taiwan to provide companies with training. The completeness of the national existing chemical substance inventory is significant to companies’ business operation and future new chemical substances regulatory measures. Therefore, stakeholders are highly encouraged to nominate their chemical substances in order to be included in the national existing chemical substance inventory.
The Council of Labor Affairs, Executive Yuan(CLA) issued the “Direction for Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination” (Apr 18, 2012)
The Council of Labor Affairs, Executive Yuan (CLA) issued the Direction for Supplementary Existing Chemical Substance Nomination (SECN) on April 18, 2012. Stakeholders and industries can download the Direction (in Chinese) from CLA’s Law Source Retrieving System of Labor Laws and Regulations.
The English translation version of the Direction
About New Chemical Substance Management Strategy
New Chemical Substance Notification is an important scheme to operate a sound chemical management system. As OECD indicates in its “New Chemical Notification Strategy, NCNS”, new chemical substance notification (NCN) is a primarily measure for competent authorities to collect information of chemicals’ hazards, exposure scenarios or risks for the purpose of evaluating chemicals and facilitating subsequent prevention measures. Countries such as EU, the US, Japan, Canada, Australia a
nd others all have established and operated similar NCN scheme for years.
About Existing Chemical Substance Nomination Program
Nomination process of existing chemical substances is an effort of corporation among industries and authorities to collect and investigate relevant information of chemicals used domestically. It is a preparatory process for establishing the National Existing Chemical Substance Inventory.
The establishment of the national chemical inventory is a critical basis for executing national chemical management strategy. As well, the inventory is a key element for competent authorities to carry out a New Chemical Notification (NCN) scheme. Once completed, the inventory will serve as the basis of future NCN requirements.