The need for maintaining SDS and its challenges

15 Apr 2020

The need for maintaining SDS and its challengesAll manufacturers, importers, suppliers, or employer are required to check the accuracy of a Safety Data Sheet based on the actual circumstances and update it as needed. A Safety Data Sheet is required to be reviewed at least every 3 years. The record’s of SDS updates such as content, date, version and revision date shall be kept for 3 years.

Main purposes of an SDS is to provide:

  • Identification for the product and supplier.
  • Information on hazards, steps you can take to work safely to reduce or prevent exposure to hazardous chemicals.
  • It reflects immediate and appropriate responses in various situations, such as, first-aid, fire, accidental release)

Due to workplace hazards, chemical hazards, and chemicals in the workplace, SDS updating is extremely important. SDS should be constantly updated for the safe workplace and for the safe environment.

Safety Data Sheets are used for employees who may be exposed to potential hazardous products at work, employers who needs to be aware of the proper storage methods for potential hazardous products, and emergency responders such as firefighters, hazardous material crews, emergency medical technicians, etc.

One way that consumers and workers are informed of the risks is by use of Safety Data Sheets. It is a document that provides workers with procedures for safe handling, safe transport and safety measures while working with a hazardous substance.

SDS (Safety Data Sheet) authoring services provide SDS revisions, SDS updates, SDS data changes, and other type of SDS updates according to the SDS requirements and current SDS standards.

Role of SDS in minimizing the risks to meet regulatory compliance:

When working with hazardous materials, it is important to know the specific nature of the dangers that are posed by handling or being exposed to those materials. This also means it is important to identify and differentiate one hazardous material from another in order to effectively apply precautionary measures.

Section 2 on SDS identifies the risks and hazards associated with the material and communicates the ways in which the material may be dangerous, as well as some guidelines for safely using the material.

SDS allows the user to identify which chemicals are the principal contributors to the GHS Hazard Classifications. Thus users can be informed to implement specific procedures or protective equipment to use to mitigate those risks.

As such, having an SDS at workplace with chemicals minimize the risk on hazards. And preparing or evaluating SDS becomes an important skill.

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