The federal hazard communication standard revised in 2012 now requires chemical manufacturers distributors and importers to provide new safety data sheets in a uniform format that includes the section numbers headings and associated information below. The system standardizes hazard classification criteria and chemical hazard communication elements around the world.
The primary benefit of the new safety data sheets or sds is that the safety information about the hazard chemical would appear in a consistent standard uniform and easy to understand order.
Safety data sheet sections. Go to sds sources. While the ghs is not a regulation it is a framework that guides manufacturers through classifying. The order heading titles and structure of the mandatory sections are detailed below.
This became effective on december 1 2013. The hazard communication standard hcs requires chemical manufacturers distributors or importers to provide safety data sheets sdss formerly known as material safety data sheets or msdss to communicate the hazards of hazardous chemical products. This document discusses the whmis requirements after the alignment of whmis with the ghs.
Another change thanks to ghs is the renaming of material safety data sheets from msdss to simply safety data sheets or sdss. Canada has aligned the workplace hazardous materials information system whmis with the globally harmonized system of classification and labelling of chemicals ghs. 16 sections of the safety data sheet sds there are the 16 sections of the safety data sheet or sds.
A definition of safety data sheet safety data sheets sds are a component of the globally harmonized system ghs of classification and labeling of chemicals. As of june 1 2015 the hcs will require new. Whmis 2015 safety data sheet sds important information.
Section 1 identification identifies the chemical on the sds as well as the. The hazard communication standard hcs 29 cfr 19101200g revised in 2012 requires that the chemical manufacturer distributor or importer provide safety data sheets sdss formerly msdss or material safety data sheets for each hazardous chemical to downstream users to communicate information on these hazards. These new safety data sheets comply with the globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals ghs.
The global harmonization system ghs is a product of the united nations that embodies an international approach to hazard communication using an agreed upon criteria for classifying hazardous chemicals and a standardized method to communicate the hazards through use of container labels and safety data sheets sds. As in the combustible dust study the board found all the data sheets inadequate. In 2012 the us adopted the 16 section safety data sheet to replace material safety data sheets.
Need a safety data sheet now. Oshas adoption of ghs via hazcom 2012 on the other hand mandates the use of a single ghs format for safety data sheets a format which features 16 sections in a strict ordering. 23 the sections of a safety data sheet each manufacturer or supplier must include specific information in their product sdss.