USPS: New Mailing Standards for Lithium Batteries

USPS Revises Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail standards to align with other agencies.

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On August 17, 2017, the United States Postal Service published a Postal Bulletin announcing a new standard for mail pieces containing lithium batteries. These revisions were made to align the USPS mailing standards with recent changes made by other federal regulatory agencies regarding the transportation of lithium batteries.

WHMIS GHS Transition Period

Transition phase deadlines

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The first phase of the WHMIS GHS transition period is coming to an end June 2017. By June 1, 2017, manufacturers and importers must be compliant with the new HPR regulation. Distributors will have until June 1, 2018 to comply with the new regulation and employers will have until December 1, 2018.


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Health Canada will propose amendments to the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) and the Controlled products Regulations (CPR) this spring. This will initiate the use of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for the classification and labelling of chemicals in the workplace inCanadaIt will also see GHS implementation aligned to that in the US. Both countries are aiming to implement GHS for workplace chemicals by 1 June 2015