International Safety Data Sheet Considerations

By Anu Kattoju, Regulatory Compliance Specialist As businesses expand, so does the territory in which manufacturers and suppliers reach. As expansion commences across international borders a very pertinent requirement is a Safety Data Sheet (SDS). A Safety Data Sheet is a sixteen-section document that’s main purpose is to educate a product’s user about the chemical(s) […]

OSHA to Adopt GHS Revision 7

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By Nabila Al Hasan, Regulatory Compliance Specialist Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is an international effort to harmonize hazard communication. It provides harmonized hazard definitions, format for safety data sheets (SDS), and specific criteria for product labels. It issues a revised edition every 2 years and is currently working on releasing Revision 9 in 2021. OSHA […]

Changes in TSCA Risk Evaluations

By Lorrie Ritter, Sr. Chemical Regulatory Compliance Specialist Late June 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced important policy changes surrounding risk evaluations issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by the previous administration and the path forward for the first 10 chemicals to undergo risk evaluation. After agency review to ensure these […]

Top SDS Software Enterprise Use Cases

Safety Data Sheets have historically been used in hard copy format, stored away in a binder for reference making it almost impossible to quickly author and update them. These OSHA-required documents are designed to help employees identify hazardous materials and understand the appropriate handling of these materials. However, manually authoring and updating every hazardous substance’s […]

Transportation of Dangerous Goods – the Importance of the UN Number

By Johnny Andon, Global Regulatory Affairs Manager In today’s global society, the movement of materials from one location to another is an everyday occurrence. But in the same way that goods need to make it to their destination to keep businesses going, they must do so in a way that is both safe and environmentally […]

Chemical Importers: The Responsible Party

By Rennee Karlik, Regulatory Compliance Specialist A globally integrated supply chain is essential to worldwide chemical manufacturing. US Chemical Manufacturers import many chemicals from other countries due to price advantage and availability. Some imported chemicals never leave the importer’s location and are used as feedstock or raw materials for the manufacture of other chemicals. Some […]

The Importance of Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) on an SDS

By Nabila Al Hasan, Regulatory Compliance Specialist Occupational exposure limits (OELs) are values, determined by various health regulatory bodies, that indicate safe levels of human exposure to hazardous chemicals. Available research information and recent data on hazardous substances, especially concerning acute toxicity, carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, and toxicity to reproduction, are used to set these limits. OELs […]

Completing Section 10 of Your SDS Without Product Test Data

By Veronica Marrero, Regulatory Compliance Specialist Many times, Section 10 of a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is comprised of ambiguous statements, something you want to steer clear of in hazard communication. The best way to communicate the information most accurate to the product in Section 10 is with test data. However, this may not always […]

What Physical Properties Drive Hazard Classifications?

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When authoring Safety Data Sheets (SDS), there are several components that inform hazard classification. While aspects such as ingredients of a chemical or mixture, stability, and reactivity matter, more than 90% of the information on SDSs is based on physical properties. This is because ingredients may lose their hazardous properties when they’re mixed with other […]