In the field of product safety, the safety data sheet (SDS) is the main communication tool along the supply chain. It should inform your customers in a clear and easily readable manner on major security issues, as well as on possible risks to human health and the environment when dealing with your products.
The formal requirements for the SDS are set by Article 31 and Annex II of the REACH-Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 and its amendments (e.g. Regulation (EU) 453/2010). The change of Annex II of the REACH-Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 in 2010 resulted not only in a format adaptation of the SDS but also led to additional contents that are required to indicate in the SDS. For example, for all new SDS much more detailed information in sections “11-Toxicological information” and “12-Ecological information” is demanded now.
After the registration of a substance and allocation of the registration number by ECHA, a manufacturer is obliged to provide an extended SDS (eSDS) for hazardous substances (≥10 t/a) to downstream users.
An eSDS consists of a REACH-compliant SDS with 16 sections and is extended by an annex in which the so-called exposure scenarios (ES), including identified uses, must be enclosed. Where a chemical safety report is required in accordance to Article 14 or 37, the ES as listed in the Annex of the eSDS must correspond to the information regarding the identified uses, the risk demonstrating ES in the CSR and the information provided in section 8 of the SDS.
According to the CLP-Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 companies are required to classify, label and package hazardous chemicals before placing them on the market. The classification and labeling of hazardous chemicals is based on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) which is an agreement between the member states of the United Nations. The implementation of the CLP-Regulation for substances (since December 1st, 2010) and mixtures (since June 1st, 2015) as well as the new content and formats for SDS resulted in significantly increased demands in the field of product safety and represents a major challenge for the chemical industry as well as for each member of the supply chain for chemicals (downstream users).
With many years of experience in the field of product safety, particularly in SDS-authoring in various EHS systems (e.g. SAP, IHS) Dr. Knoell Consult GmbH supports you in creating your SDS directly in your own EHS system and helps you with questions concerning eSDS.
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