We all are aware that December 1st is the deadline for all employers to provide their workers with new GHS requirements for HAZCOM training. HCS has also provided a deadline for chemical manufacturers that HCS will require Safety Data Sheets (SDS) to be in a uniform format by 2015. The new SDS (formerly MSDS) should include section numbers, heading, and all the associated information in the new 16-section format.
In order to follow the global standard for safety data sheet, employees must be trained on the new SDS requirements. The new 16-section format is listed below and please train your employees as to what information they will find in the new SDS:
Section 1, Identification
Product identifier, manufacturer or distributor name, address, phone number; emergency phone number, recommended use, restrictions on use.
Section 2, Hazard(s) Identification
All hazards regarding the chemical; required label elements.
Section 3, Composition/ Information on Ingredients
Information on chemical ingredients; trade secret claims.
Section 4, First Aid Measures
Important symptoms/effects, acute, delayed; required treatment.
Section 5, Fire Fighting Measures
Suitable extinguishing techniques, equipment; chemical hazards from fire.
Section 6, Accidental Release Measures
Emergency procedures, protective equipment, proper methods of containment and cleanup.
Section 7, Handling and Storage
Precautions for safe handling and storage, including incompatibilities.
Section 8, Exposure Controls/ Personal Protection
OSHA’s Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs); Threshold Limit Values (TLVs); appropriate engineering controls; personal protective equipment (PPE).
Section 9, Physical and Chemical Properties
Section 10, Stability and Reactivity
Chemical stability and possibility of hazardous reactions.
Section 11, Toxicological Information
Includes routes of exposure; related symptoms, acute and chronic effects; numerical measures of toxicity.
Section 12, Ecological Information*
Section 13, Disposal Considerations*
Section 14, Transport Information*
Section 15, Regulatory Information*
Note: Since other agencies regulate this information,OSHA will not be enforcing Sections 12 through 15 (29 CFR 1910.1200(g)(2)). However, these sections contain very important information and employees will still need training on these sections.
For free quick card regarding the new SDS from OSHA.gov please click the link below. Quick cards are in English and Spanish.