SAFETY DATE SHEET
A safety data sheet (SDS), material safety data sheet (MSDS) is an important component of product stewardship and occupational safety and health. It is intended to provide workers and emergency personnel with procedures for handling or working with that substance in a safe manner, and includes information such as physical data (melting point, boiling point, flash point, etc.), toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill-handling procedures. SDS formats can vary from source to source within a country depending on national requirements.
SDSs are a widely used system for cataloging information on chemicals, chemical compounds, and chemical mixtures. SDS information may include instructions for the safe use and potential hazards associated with a particular material or product. These data sheets can be found anywhere where chemicals are being used.
There is also a duty to properly label substances on the basis of physico-chemical, health and/or environmental risk. Labels can include hazard symbols such as the European Union standard black diagonal cross on an orange background, used to denote a harmful substance.
A SDS for a substance is not primarily intended for use by the general consumer, focusing instead on the hazards of working with the material in an occupational setting.
In some jurisdictions, the SDS is required to state the chemical’s risks, safety, and effect on the environment.
It is important to use an SDS specific to both country and supplier, as the same product (e.g. paints sold under identical brand names by the same company) can have different formulations in different countries. The formulation and hazard of a product using a generic name (e.g. sugar soap) may vary between manufacturers in the same country.
Turkish safet data sheet regulation changed at December 13 2014. All the SDS must be revised before this date.
There is a fine (6.000 TL) for chemical products without SDS
WHY IS E-SDS IMPORTANT ?
If you use hazardous substances registered under REACH, your suppliers now have to provide you in most cases with a new, extended safety data sheet that includes exposure scenarios. This is one of the main innovations of the REACH Regulation to enable you and your employees and customers to use these substances safely. Many of the 3500 substances which have been registered with ECHA by the 2010 REACH deadline meet the criteria to be classified as hazardous. ECHA is publishing information on all of them on its website. If you use any of these substances, you can expect your suppliers to send you an extended safety data sheet.
The extended safety data sheet summarises the key information from the chemical safety assessment that a company in your supply chain has carried out under REACH. In an exposure scenario you can find which uses are covered. If your uses/ your customers’ uses, (as explained overleaf), are covered, the exposure scenarios should give you information about the conditions of safe use relevant to you and your customers. Every time a safety data sheet is required, you in turn have to provide your customers with information on the hazards, conditions of safe use and appropriate risk management advice.
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