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.
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.
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.
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