Intertek Offers New Globally Harmonized Systems of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) Services



    GHS Compliance & Supply Chain Management

    OTTAWA, Feb. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Intertek (www.intertek.com/green), a
global leader in regulatory support, product conversion, product assessments,
and testing, is now providing businesses with support and solutions required
to implement the directives of the Globally Harmonized Systems of
Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
    A number of countries are now working on harmonizing existing regulations
to meet the GHS guidelines. For example, the European Commission adopted a new
regulation on classification, labelling, and packaging of substances and
mixtures, which is based on GHS criteria. The new CLP Regulation will enter
into force on 20 January 2009 and the deadline for substance reclassifications
is 30 November 2010 and for mixtures is 31 May 2015. Complying with this new
GHS-based Regulation will also be necessary to achieve compliance with REACH.
    The purpose of the Global Harmonized System (GHS) initiative is to have
the material information for hazardous substances labelled and classified in a
uniform manner, so as to make its handling and safety instructions clear and
easy to understand. The GHS initiative is designed by taking into account the
different labelling requirements on an international, national and regional
level to produce one single harmonized classification and labelling system.
The premise is that the frequency and consistency of the labelling, handling
and classification of the hazardous substances will lend itself to
understanding and familiarity worldwide.
    Intertek Ageus Solutions (www.ageussolutions.com), an Intertek company,
has assisted hundreds of companies to comply with global materials
restrictions and compliance requirements. Intertek Ageus Solutions can assist
companies at any stage of their compliance initiatives including testing,
reviewing of third party data, and creation of the certificate of compliance
for the authorities.
    "Intertek takes the complexity out of GHS." states Bruce Calder, General
Manager of Intertek Ageus Solutions, part of Intertek's Health and
Environmental Services group. "We remove the uncertainty around these new
requirements and help companies put in place a program that works."
    Intertek Ageus Solutions offers the following services for GHS
compliance:

    
    - Classification of substances to meet the new requirements set out by
      the newly adopted Globally Harmonized system
    - MSDS updates to verify that all requirements are met and that
      classification of substances have been properly assigned
    - Label formulation for compliance with GHS

    Intertek Ageus Solutions, with its vast experience with restricted
materials legislation in the US, Canada, Europe, and China, is well positioned
to support the classifying and labeling directives of the GHS.

    Other legislations supported in parallel to GHS compliance

    - California Proposition 65
    - US CONEG Packaging Materials Restrictions
    - EU Toy Directive
    - EU Packaging Directive
    - EU REACH Regulation - Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)
    

    Talk to the experts in global materials restrictions and compliance. Let
Intertek Ageus Solutions help you keep your products on the market in the EU,
USA and worldwide. For more information, please contact us at
ageus@intertek.com.

    About Intertek Health & Environmental Services (www.intertek.com/green)

    Intertek Health & Environmental Services offers the complete solution for
health and environmental compliance, providing sound traceability systems and
strict enforcement of due diligence policies. Intertek H&E Services does more
than simply help our clients comply, we give them the competitive advantage
they desire. Intertek H&E Services offers comprehensive services for REACH,
TSCA and California Proposition 65 including on-call consulting, product
testing and analysis, Only Representative services and corporate education
appropriate for all types and levels of business. Intertek H&E's REACH
services provide the necessary legal and technical management of REACH
requirements in the EU, representation in the EU and submission of
REACH-related information to the EU. Intertek Ageus Solutions, a unit of
Intertek Health & Environmental Services, is a leader in global environmental
compliance, consulting, technology services and product stewardship.

    About Intertek (www.intertek.com)

    Intertek (ITRK.L) is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions
serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and
inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people
are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting
their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources
and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than
1,000 laboratories and offices and over 23,000 people in 110 countries around
the world.
    For more information, visit www.intertek.com




For further information:

For further information: James Niebergall, Manager, Business
Development, Intertek Ageus Solutions, (613) 599-3166 x2233,
james.niebergall@intertek.com; ageus@intertek.com; www.intertek.com/green;
www.ageussolutions.com

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