The Board of Investments (BOI) in cooperation with the Samahan sa Pilipinas ng mga Industriyang Kimika (SPIK) organized a one-day workshop on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) for Regulators on December 13, 2016 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City.
The workshop aims to provide awareness to regulators and it serves as a venue for the regulators to discuss the Building Blocks which will form part of the GHS implementation in the Philippines. The first workshop was on GHS classification procedure following the discussion on physical, health and environmental hazards. The workshop helped the regulators understand and appreciate the classification process done by the manufacturers, traders, distributors or companies that are required to provide Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to their customers. The second workshop following the discussion on Building Block Approach (BBA) helped the regulators decide on which Building Block will be adopted and provide them an understanding on the impact in the business sector.
Speakers from the DENR- EMB and Occupational Health and Safety Center (OHSC) discussed the updates on the implementation of GHS for industrial chemicals and workplace respectively while SPIK provided discussions on the overview of GHS, Physical, Health and Environmental Hazards and Building Block Approach.