EPA-Registered Disinfectants & Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Many of our SDS Online customers are scrambling this week to secure new chemical approvals for EPA-Registered Disinfectants being deployed now to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Across the country, there’s a major run on these hazardous substances, which are being delivered to our workplaces and community spaces in unforeseen quantities. We’ve heard from customers looking to update Safety Data Sheets for the products they have, and acquire sheets for new products entering their chemical inventory.
Top concerns for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) leaders involve:
- Employee exposure to powerful, unfamiliar, and potentially harmful substances
- Potential for deadly chemical reactions if/when substances are combined
- Safe storage and handling of new substances many are unprepared for
- Misapplication resulting in unnecessary exposure
- Accurate, accessible Safety Data Sheets
This situation underscores the critical need for efficient Safety Data Sheet (SDS) management. SDSs are so valuable in a situation like this one because of the knowledge they provide that supports employee safety: PPE requirements, symptoms of exposure, proper storage, emergency response, etc.
Employees must understand the dangers presented by these materials and need training on how to read Safety Data Sheets. These sheets must be accurate and easily accessible for any employee with exposure potential. And these are things many employers struggle to keep up with, particularly in an emergency scenario, which is, unfortunately, when you and potentially first responders need this information the most.
That’s why, as a public service, we’re offering Safety Data Sheets for each of the 49 EPA-Registered Disinfectants in our current library.
As your frontline workforce engages in the fight to safeguard our public spaces, please ensure they are taking every precaution involved with the application of EPA-Registered Disinfectants, alongside measures taken to prevent exposure to Covid-19.
Clean working environments are a key piece of the preventive equation. Below is a quick reference list for any organization now approaching the industrial hygiene aspect of Coronavirus.
Learn more about infection control in the workplace.
Follow the links below for guidance
- Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations (including workplaces, homes, clothing, hands, personal protective equipment)
- How to Clean and Disinfect
- How to Clean and Disinfect US Households with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease
- 6 Steps for Safe & Effective Disinfectant Use
- Products to Clean Surfaces (with EPA-Approved Emerging viral pathogen claims)
- Ensuring Compliance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Law-For Employers I Hazard Communication course
- Ensuring Compliance with OSHA’s Personal Protective Equipment Law-For Employers | Personal Protective Equipment course
- Ensuring Compliance with OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Law-For Employers | Bloodborne Pathogen course