By Little Pro on 2016-01-06 Views: Update:2018-03-07
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is a very important document to inform its audience of the hazards of a chemical substance or mixture and provide advice on safety precautions. Some countries may still call this document Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). In countries that have adopted GHS, Safety Data Sheet (SDS) will be the only accepted name for the hazard communication document for chemicals.
An SDS should be prepared and provided for a substance or mixture meeting classification criteria for a hazard class or for a mixture containing an ingredient meeting criteria for carcinogenic, toxic to reproduction or specific target organ toxicity exceeding the cut-off value limits given in the following table.
GHS has harmonized the format and content of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs). There are 16 sections in standard GHS safety data sheets (as shown below). GHS has also set the minimum info required for each section.
Please be noted that:
EuPhraC working group has developed a good GHS SDS template in English to help chemical industry comply with EU REACH regulation's requirements on safety data sheets. It contains more info than what a GHS SDS needs. You may click the following link to download this GHS SDS template and modify it for your own use in your own country.
Most of authorities have set requirements on the format and content of safety data sheets via their own regulations. Click here to download those SDS regulations.