Module 15, Advanced Preparation of SDSs (15.026)

  • 08 November 2017
  • 09:00 - 16:30
  • Malmaison Hotel, 1-3 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 1LZ
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No single part of the SDS can be considered in isolation; toxicologists need to understand the importance of chemistry and ecotoxicologists need to know about first aid recommendations just as much as chemists need to know about toxicology and ecotoxicology. This module 'takes a step back' and considers the whole picture both from a technical and an administrative viewpoint.  It also goes into much more depth than the introductory module (Module 1) and introduces the ‘extended’ SDS required under REACH.

Who should attend?
This one day course is a mixture of small, group exercises and tutorial sessions and is aimed at those with a reasonable technical understanding of topics included in the SDS, but who want to know how they all fit together.

Benefits of attending
Attendance on this series of modules will ensure that your SDSs meet the increasing expectations of both your customers and the regulators. The content of this module considers the changes under REACH and introduction of some new terminology. It will also serve as an introduction to Module 20 (The Extended SDS, Understanding Exposure Scenarios). To ensure the most effective training with optimum involvement in participative exercises, there will be a limit of 14 on the number of students.  It is expected that those attending will already have reasonable experience in writing and reading SDSs.

IOSH members are entitled to include this module in their continuing professional development records.

Comments from previous delegates on this training module

“Good presenter, relaxed style, took questions easily and gave time to queries.”

“Good use of examples.  Lots of discussion between presenter and participants.”
What you will learn
Even if those writing an SDS have a full grasp of the science behind supply classification and labelling and can understand the mysteries of transport requirements, this counts for little if it is not possible to source data or if the component chemicals are not correctly identified. 

Likewise, if there is no data trail, how can your decisions on how to classify be justified in the event of a challenge by customers or regulators? Have you considered your customers uses and the scenarios for exposure when preparing the SDS?

Even if using good SDS authoring software, there is still a need to think carefully about the information entered – this module aims to make you think. 

Topics covered will include:

  • The function of safety data sheets and overview of the required content
  • Obligations of writers of safety data sheets
  • Data sources including disseminate dossiers
  • Understanding test reports and suppliers' data sheets
  • Computer models, 'read across' and educated guessing
  • Complex mixtures and reporting data for components
  • Identification of minor components
  • Consistency with labels and instructions for use
  • Consistency with REACH registration obligations
  • Version control
  • Data trails
  • Document justification
  • Exposure considerations as required under REACH
  • Changes under CLP

Module Tutor
The training will be given by Mark Selby of Denehurst Chemical Safety Ltd. Mark had many years experience in industry and major testing laboratories before setting up his own consulting business. 

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