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

Impacts Of Additional Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) & Other New Measures Under The Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD)

Risk and Policy Advisors (RPA) are currently working on a study for the European Commission that assesses the impacts of additional Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) and other new measures under the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD).

CHCS Members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings page.

HSE Adds Additional No-Deal Brexit Guidance On REACH 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have added additional no deal Brexit Guidance on REACH to their Brexit webpages.

CHCS Members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings page.

Latest Consolidated Version Of CLP

The latest consolidated version of CLP (Number 11, dated 01/12/2018) is now available. 

CHCS Members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings page.

EU Withdrawal Stakeholders Meeting (held October 2018)

This in-depth review of the topics discussed at this important meeting, includes sections on HSE, Defra, REACH, REACH-IT, CLP, BPR & Plant Protection Products.

CHCS Members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings page.

13th ATP for CLP Published

The 13th ATP (Adaptation to Technical and scientific Progress) to the CLP Regulation (Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures) was published last week as Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1480.

CHCS Members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings page.

Regulating chemicals (REACH) if there’s no Brexit deal
The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs has published a Guidance Note.

CHCS Members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings page.

News Briefings Summary
  • 25 September 2018: Microplastics and the current situation

  • 4 September 208: IATA publishes significant changes to the 60th Edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations

  • 26 July 2018: REACH or CLP regulatory measures proposed for persistent, mobile and toxic (PMT/vPvM) substances

  • 26 July 2018 - REACH or CLP regulatory measures proposed for persistent, mobile and toxic (PMT/vPvM) substances

  • 6 July 2018 - HSE provide a "Chemicals" EU Exit web page.

    CHCS Members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings page.

    26 July 2018 - CHCS Labelling Competition

    Have you overcome a tricky labelling problem? Are you labelling a small or awkwardly shaped package, printing on a difficult surface, or have overcome another problem?

    Are you proud of your label designs that make it easier for customers to read and understand your labels?

    CHCS Members can enter our new competition. For more details please visit: CHCS Labelling Competition.

    9  July 2018 - CHCS Needs Your Help!

    CHCS has a number of vacancies on our committees and are looking for volunteers to fill them. For more information please see: CHCS Vacancies.

    Next 3 CHCS Training Courses:

    For a full list of our CHCS Training Courses, please visit our Training page. 

    OTHER CHCS EVENTS

    • Other events are in preparation. Please visit again soon.

    HOW TO JOIN CHCS

    CHCS Membership is open to any person with an interest in chemical hazard communications. You can join by completing the simple on-line form at Join CHCS. Membership is currently £85.00 (+ £17.00 VAT where applicable; a total of £102.00). 

    Contact CHCS

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