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Safety Data Sheets (SDS) - Advice & Resources

Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheets are one of the key tools in hazard communication. A good Safety Data Sheet provides the user with the information he needs to carry out a suitable risk assessment for his application. One of the key aims of the Chemical Hazards Communication Society is to promote better Safety Data Sheets.

Introduction

Numerous studies, including one carried out by the Chemical Hazards Communication Society, have shown considerable levels of inaccuracies in Safety Data Sheets. This is of great concern to the enforcing authorities, such as the UK Health and Safety Executive.

The Chemical Hazards Communication Society provides a number of services and resources to assist members in the provision of better Safety Data Sheets. This page lists these services and resources.

Compiler Competence

The legislation requires that the compiler of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) be competent. The requirement is explained in our Safety Data Sheet's frequently asked questions page.

Safety Data Sheet Training

CHCS run a modular course for Safety Data Sheet writers which covers all sections of the Safety Data Sheet and issues related to their production. For more information please visit: Safety Data Sheet Training.

Safety Data Sheets - FAQ

The Chemical Hazards Communications Society Safety Data Sheet's frequently asked questions.

Email Questions Forum

An Email forum where members can ask questions related to any aspect of Chemical Hazard Communication, including anything to do with Safety Data Sheets. For more information visit our Email Forum page.

Safety Data Sheets - Glossary

The Members Only section of this site also contains a Glossary explaining many of the terms frequently found in Chemical Hazard Documentation, including explanations of terms relating to Safety Data Sheets. View and search the CHCS Glossary / Acronyms List (CHCS Members Only).

Safety Data Sheets User Guide

The CHCS Safety Data Sheet User Guide was last updated and republished in February 2014 as a result of changes brought about by REACH. Click on this link to download the Guide as a PDF: Safety Data Sheets User Guide.


CHCS News


14th ATP Published
The 14th ATP has just been published, including the controversial titanium dioxide classification, which will apply from 9th September 2021. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 18 February 2020]

Third Corrigendum To ADR 2019 Published
A third corrigendum to ADR 2019 has been published is available for download from the UNECE website. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 10 February 2020]

CHCS 2020 AGM & Annual Industry Lectures

Our annual event will take place:

on: Wednesday 25 November 2020

at: Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport

CHCS members free-of-charge. Non-members can Join CHCS, then register.

Register now at: CHCS 2020 AGM & Annual Industry Lectures. [Posted on 30 January 2020]

US-Based Society For Chemical Hazard Communications (SCHC)
We've updated our SCHC web page, to include new SCHC events. Don't forget that CHCS members can access SCHC events at the same rates as their own members (the same for SCHC members at CHCS events). Visit our SCHC web page to find out more. [Posted on 29 January 2020]

Poison Centres - Annex VIII amendment published
Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/11 amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures as regards information relating to emergency health response, has been published. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page
[Posted on 13 January 2020]

New CHCS Training Course: "SEVESO Directive / COMAH Regulations: Determine whether your site is in scope of the Directive, understand compliance duties for lower tier sites, and get an outline of upper tier duties"
Registration is now open, with discounted "Early-Bird" bookings available until 28 January 2020. Register / Download The Flyer / Find Out More. [Posted on 7 January 2020]

CHCS AGM & Annual Lectures: Presentations Now Available
CHCS members can now download copies of the presentations given at our 8th Annual Lectures on 20 November 2019. Visit our "Past Events" page. [Posted on 21 November 2019]

CHCS October 2019 Newsletter Now Published
Our October 2019 Newsletter is now available, which includes an in-depth, special report titled "Titanium Dioxide - Stakeholders Demand An Impact Assessment". See our CHCS Newsletters page for more details [Posted on 20 October 2019]

Endocrine Disruptors - 1st CHCS Video
We have produced our first video for members: "Endocrine Disruptors", which is available to members free-of-charge.

This introductory video explains the various components of the human endocrine system and how they interact, to help understand the mechanisms of endocrine disruptors on human systems.

The video is just over 10 minutes long.

To register for access to the video, please visit our video registration page: Endocrine Disruptors Video Registration.

[Posted on 1 July 2019]

News Briefings Summary
  • 21 November 2019
    Commission Directive (EU) 2019/1831 Establishes  A 5th List Of Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs)

  • 12 November 2019
    ECHA publishes draft CoRAP for 2020-2022

  • 22 October 2019
    GHS Revision 8

  • 21 October 2019
    Model Regulations, 21st Revised Edition

  • 20 October 2020
    IATA Publishes Significant Changes To The 61st Edition Of The Dangerous Goods Regulations

  • 1 October 2019
    Draft amendment to REACH Annex II

  • 30 September 2019
    Poison Centre First Deadline To Be Postponed

  • 23 September 2019
    Updated advice for UK-based companies intending to export chemicals listed in the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation to EU countries in the period immediately following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

  • 28 August 2019
    14th ATP To CLP: Outcomes For TiO2, Cobalt & DPTA

  • 22 July 2019
    Draft Amendment To "Poison Centre" Regulations

  • 22 July 2019
    Possible Annex VIII to CLP Extension?

  • 29 June 2019
    Workability Issues: Notification to Poison Centres

  • 24 June 2019
    Eurotunnel publishes 2019 guidance

  • 24 April 2019
    HSE Consultation on revision of Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for a range of carcinogens


  • 28 March 2019
    Poison Centre Guidance Document Published

  • 22 March 2019
    Poison Centre Guidance Document Published

  • 23 January 2019
    Links To Guidance & Legislation Recently Laid Before Parliament

  • 23 January 2019
    RPA Seeks Input From Companies In Chemicals Supply Chain To Assess Impacts Of Brexit

  • 11 January 2019
    Preparing For A Potential 'No-Deal' Brexit

    CHCS Members can read these News items, and older posts, on the CHCS News Briefings page.

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