SiteHawk Provides Support for Updated SARA Hazard Categories & Enhanced Data Export

We are pleased to announce the release of version 8.9 of SiteHawk Communicator. The latest version of our cloud-based SDS management solution includes support for updated SARA hazard categories and a new data export tool.

New SARA Hazard Categories

On EPA updates SARA Hazard CategoriesJune 13, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency published a Final Rule; Technical Amendment to 40 CFR 370, in which the EPA revises EPCRA Sections 311 and 312 (SARA 311/312). This rule updates the hazard category definition included as part of EPCRA Section 312 (Tier I and Tier II) reporting and the SDS/list reporting requirement under Section 311. This action also includes a few other minor changes and corrections.

The EPA is replacing the existing five hazard categories in 40 CFR part 370 (EPCRA Section 312 and 311):

  • Fire
  • Sudden Release of Pressure
  • Reactive
  • Immediate (Acute) health hazard
  • Delayed (Chronic) health hazard

The original five hazard categories are replaced with the hazard classes listed in the revised OSHA HCS. The following table lists the physical and health hazards that the EPA is adopting as the hazard categories based on the revised OSHA HCS:

Physical Hazard Health Hazard
Flammable (gases, aerosols, liquids, or solids) Carcinogenicity
Gas under pressure Acute toxicity (any route of exposure)
Explosive Reproductive toxicity
Self-heating Skin Corrosion or Irritation
Pyrophoric (liquid or solid) Respiratory or Skin Sensitization
Pyrophoric Gas Serious eye damage or eye irritation
Oxidizer (liquid, solid or gas) Specific target organ toxicity (single or repeated exposure)
Organic peroxide Aspiration Hazard
Self-reactive Germ cell mutagenicity
In contact with water emits flammable gas Simple Asphyxiant
Combustible Dust Hazard Not Otherwise Classified (HNOC)
Hazard Not Otherwise Classified (HNOC)
Corrosive to metal


SiteHawk delivers updated SARA Hazard categories within the Material Summary feature to reflect the new categories released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2016. This enhancement enables users to collect, store, search and report on materials and their association with these updated categories. The SARA Hazard Categories section of each Material Summary page includes a new subsection with the updated categories. Within this subsection, users designate which categories apply to each material to help ensure access to the latest and most accurate chemical data available.

Enhanced Data Export Capabilities

In addition to support for the revised SARA hazard capabilities, version 8.9 of SiteHawk Communicator includes a significant upgrade to data export capabilities. Data Exchange Version 5 includes all SARA hazard categories in the XML export file, providing a comprehensive look at your chemical data and enabling more complete data integration with other line-of-business systems.

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