22 Oct 2020
A Safety Data Sheet (formerly called Material Safety Data Sheet) is a detailed informational document prepared by the manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical. It describes the physical and chemical properties of the product. SDS contains useful information such as toxicological properties, flash point, procedures for spills and leaks, handling and storage guidelines, and exposure control, transportation guidelines, fire Hazards and first aid measures.
SDS sheets are created for a variety of hazards materials and chemicals including all compressed gases, flammable and combustible liquids, oxidizing materials, poisonous or infectious material, corrosive material and dangerously reactive materials.
The Hazard Communication Standard by WHS, requires chemical manufacturers, pharmaceutical industry, distributors, and importers to provide new Safety Data Sheets in a uniform format that includes the section numbers, headings, and associated information below.
Section I. Identification
Section II. Hazardous Identification
Section III. Composition Information
Section IV. First-Aid Measures
Section V. Fire-Fighting Measures
Section VI. Accidental release measures
Section VII. Handling and Storage
Section VIII. Exposure Controls and Personal Protection
Section IX. Physical and Chemical Properties
Section X. Stability and Reactivity
Section XI. Toxicological Information
Section XII. Ecological Information
Section XIII. Disposal Considerations
Section XIV. Transport Information
Section XV. Regulatory Information
Section XVI. Other Information
Important Objectives of Safety in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries.
The purpose of the Material Safety Data Sheet information is to convey chemical safety and hazard information to the end user (employees exposed to hazardous chemicals, employees who store dangerous chemicals, and emergency responders such as: firefighters, hazardous material crews, and emergency medical technicians).
To conclude that knowing and understanding the risk of hazardous facility and hazard release are the most important segments of an optimal pharmaceutical safety management. An effective hazard and risk assessment allows development of effective action plan and implement strategies and tactics.