Introduction and Background
On June 3, 2011, a national standard, NMX-R-019-SCFI-2011 based on the 3rd revised edition of the GHS, was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation. It can be applied from the day after its publication (that is, on June 4, 2011). The regulation establishes the criteria for the classification and labeling of chemical products and the preparation of safety data sheets according to the GHS and contains 13 chapters and 6 annexes.
Although the regulation is not mandatory, it is authorized to be used as an alternative means to comply with the provisions of Chapters 7 and 8 of the mandatory regulation NOM-018-STPS-2000, which addresses the identification of chemical hazards and their communication of related risks in the workplace.