*Taiwan Taiwan updates priority management chemical notification manual to align it with revised regulations

Taiwan updates priority management chemical notification manual to align it with revised regulations

On March 21, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor released an updated edition of the priority management chemical notification manual based on the Regulations for Governing Designating and Handling of Priority Management Chemicals amended on Nov. 5. The amended regulations came into effect immediately, but Articles 6 to 9 of the regulations, which stipulate notification rules, took effect separately on April 1. The manual provides an outline and detailed descriptions of the chemicals subject to the notification requirement and explains how to use the notification platform.

 

Chemicals subject to the notification requirement

The simplified version of the manual provides an overview of the “priority management chemicals” subject to the notification requirement as shown in the table below.

Article 2, Subparagraph 1 1 The 96 chemicals on the list of Chemicals With Properties Hazardous to Female Workers Under the Age of 18, Pregnant or Less Than One Year After Childbirth; and mixtures containing more than one percent of these chemicals by weight
Article 2, Subparagraph 2 1 CMR 2 Category 1 Chemicals that fall under the 186 substances on the designation list and have a concentration of one percent or more (notification is required regardless of the amount)
Other than CMR 2 Category 1 Chemicals that fall under the 703 substances on the designation list and have a concentration of one percent or more and whose total annual use is one ton or more in any operation involving these chemicals
Article 2, Subparagraph 3 1 The 163 chemicals on the designation list

1 The article and subparagraph refer to those of the Regulations for Governing Designating and Handling of Priority Management Chemicals.

2 Carcinogen, Mutagen or Reproductive toxicants.

The designation lists referred to in the table above can be downloaded by clicking the “2022/02/14【公告名單】優先管理化學品公告名單完整版” link in the following webpage: https://prochem.osha.gov.tw/content/info/DownloadList.aspx?Classify=2.

Information to submit in the notification

The simplified version of the manual shows what information to submit in the notification as shown in the table below. “✓” denotes required information and “X” information not required.

Names of the chemicals Hazard categories Hazardous component identification Physical conditions of the chemicals Descriptions of the uses
First notification 2 X X
Article 2, Subparagraph 1 1 X
Article 2, Subparagraph 2 1 X
Article 2, Subparagraph 3 1
Peak total amount Total annual use Number of the workers exposed to the chemicals Whether the workers are female or under 18
First notification X X X X
Article 2, Subparagraph 1 1 X
Article 2, Subparagraph 2 1 X X
Article 2, Subparagraph 3 1 X

1 The article and subparagraph refer to those of the Regulations for Governing Designating and Handling of Priority Management Chemicals.

2 Submission requirement varies in Subparagraphs 1, 2 and 3 of Article 2 of the above regulations.

 

The manual (in traditional Chinese) can be downloaded at
https://prochem.osha.gov.tw/content/info/DownloadList.aspx?Classify=2