The American Chemical Society’s email newsletter has pointed to an article about classifying and labeling chemical in a worldwide standardized manner.
Kathy Moore, Acting Manager of the Scientific Communication SIG of STC, excerpts the following information.
“A harmonised international approach to classifying and labelling chemicals — a long-term goal for governments and industry alike — is slowly moving closer to reality. The UN’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) has finally gone from planning to implementation, which will have a major impact on anyone making, distributing or transporting products in the US and elsewhere.
GHS has now been adopted by US authorities, with particular impact on the US Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). As a result, the US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) published a modified HCS in March 2012, which came into force in May last year.”
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The GALA standards initiative promotes the effective use of standards for international and multilingual content, builds awareness of best practices for their implementation, and enables the localization community to make open standards work.
Download a copy of the full standards initiative plan (version 1.2, published 02 June).
Bridging the Barriers was the theme of a conference on accessiblity in the workplace, including accessible technology, held in February, 2010 in New Delhi, India. This was the second Techshare Conference hosted by Barrier Break Technologies in conjunction with The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) of the United Kingdom.
The Phillipines and Korea have national web accessibilty guidelines based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
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As part of STC’s memberships in the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA), STC has the opportunity to nominate experts to join the working group for the new Simplified English international standard. Details are posted on STC’s Notebook:
Anyone interested should contact Annette Reilly, STC Standards Council Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, by 13 November with a brief statement of experience and qualifications in this area.
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