A few months ago, the Dutch Labour Inspectorate released an interactive SDS tool to help users check SDS information and send feedback to the appropriate supplier. Although the tool is geared towards EU regulations (REACH and CLP), it is still an excellent resource for anyone who handles/receives SDSs. The tool walks users through a series of high-level questions that enables them to check the content throughout the SDS. For example, users check to ensure all 16 sections of the SDS are listed, there is a date on the first page and so forth.
Users can find questions specifically geared towards the following sections of the SDS:
- 1 – Identification
- 2 – Hazard Identification
- 3 – Composition / Information on Ingredients
- 7 – Handling and Storage
- 8 – Exposure Controls / Personal Protection
- 9 – Physical and Chemical Properties
- 13 – Disposal Considerations
- 16 – Other Information
At the end of the SDS check, a notice is provided of where the SDS fails to meet requirements. Depending on the failure, the user may not get through the entire SDS check because it routes the user to the end of the process much sooner. For example, the failure may be due to the SDS not containing all 16 sections or having a revision date before 12/1/2010.
Check out the interactive SDS tool to ensure your organization has compliant and accurate SDSs. Now everybody to the SDS check!