The Beginner’s Guide to SDS

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As part of the switchover to GHS, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) will be replaced by the 16-section Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format. This change marks the first significant change to the labeling and hazard communication standard in nearly 30 years.

So why the break with tradition?

The purpose of the update was to ensure consistency in the way hazard and protection information is presented to workers across the world. The 16-sections include information about the chemical’s classification and potential hazards, as well as safety protocols that must be followed.

The main benefit of GHS Safety Data Sheets is that they provide protection for both workers and the environment. The new system also helps facilitate international chemical trade because workers all over the world will be able to understand the SDS accompanying the chemical.

GHS SDS binderWhat you need to get started

  • Sturdy GHS SDS Binders will help you keep all your SDS organized and protected. These binders are available in several sizes and languages.
  • GHS Right to Know Stations keeps all essential GHS products in one place for easy accessibility.
  • GHS SDS Signs point the way to your SDS and Right to Know information center.
  • GHS SDS Information Centers that provides a full explanation of the 16-section SDS.

Is GHS worth all this trouble?

According to OSHA, GHS covers approximately 945,000 hazardous chemical products and the new system will prevent 43 deaths a year in the United States alone.

As we all know by now, GHS training, including training in the new SDS system, must be completed by December 1, 2013. Get started on the road to compliance today.



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