Safety Data Sheets Under Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

Safety Data Sheets Under Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

Under the new Global Harmonization System (GHS) ruling, material safety data sheets (MSDS), will then be referred to as Safety Data Sheets (SDS). The new standards affect any workplace that manufactures uses, transports, or stores hazardous chemicals. One specific change in this ruling is to the ANSI Standardized MSDS format.

On June 1 of 2015, the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will require all modifications to safety data sheets to be uniform and in compliance with new format requirements.

To match the Hazard Communication Standard, the safety data sheets must have all 16 sections.

*Sections 12-15, while mandatory, OSHA will not be enforcing them as they fall outside of OSHA jurisdiction.

The 16 sections of new Global Harmonization System SDS format are:

1. Identification of the supplier and substance/mixture

2. Hazards Identification

3. Composition/Information on Ingredients Substance

4. First Aid Measures

5. Firefighting Measures

6. Accidental Release Measures

7. Handling and Storage

8. Exposure Controls/Personal Protection

9. Physical and Chemical Properties

10. Stability and Reactivity

11. Toxicological Information

Concise but complete and comprehensible description of the various toxicological (health) effects and the available data used to identify those effects, including:

12. Ecological Information*

13. Disposal Considerations*

14. Transport Information*

15. Regulatory Information*

16. Other Information

Including other information on preparation and Revision of the Safety Data Sheets under the new Global Harmonization System ruling, labels and Safety Data Sheets will follow a more standardized format and contain a greater number of prescribed elements based on the chemical’s classification. Formulators of mixtures will no longer be able to prepare a Safety Data Sheet by attaching component, or complimentary Safety Data Sheets to a cover sheet; they must now provide a new Safety Data Sheet for the mixture itself.

Learn more about hazard identification.

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