by Brittany Tofinchio Palmer
Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor published a Draft Guidance on Hazard and Exposure Assessment for New Chemical Substances for public comment on May 31, 2016. Hazard assessments are applicable to new chemical substances that are manufactured or imported in amounts of ten tons per year or more, or new chemicals classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) and Category 1 that are manufactured or imported in amounts of one ton or more per year. The Guidance provides a basic framework for hazard assessments and provides the procedures that need to be followed in order to identify the potential hazards and exposure implications of new chemicals. It also includes tables with exposure dose parameters and recommendations for operating conditions and exposure control methods.