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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.

Introduction

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.

Compiler Competence

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.


CHCS News


Poison Centre Portal Updated 
The poison centre portal has recently been updated to support amended Annex VIII solutions. In particular, derogations for fuels, construction products (standard formulas) and the cross-sector concept of interchangeable components. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 30 October 2020]

Have you registered for the CHCS AGM & Annual Lectures? 
24 & 25 November 2020, online

As well as the Formal business of the AGM, we will feature presentations on Poison Centre Notification, a Transport of Dangerous Goods update, Enforcement of REACH & CLP for Consumer Products and a UK Chemicals Regulations update. Register Now.  [Posted on 26 October 2020]

New CHCS Workshop: "SCIP Workshop - The Database of Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products)"
13 Nov 2020, online

By the end of this session you will be able to make notifications to the SCIP database using the new harmonised format in the ECHA portal. Only 14 places left. Register Now.  [Posted on 6 October 2020]

Member States Slowly Starting To Use The New Portal
There are now six Member States that are accepting Annex VIII notifications through the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) portal.
CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 24 August 2020]

Option To Anonymise The Unique Formula Identifier (UFI)
The Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) generator has been updated to allow companies to chose not to use their company VAT number to create their UFIs.
CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 22 June 2020]

Endocrine Disruptors - 1st CHCS Video

We have produced our first video for members: "Endocrine Disruptors", which is available to members free-of-charge.

This introductory video explains the various components of the human endocrine system and how they interact, to help understand the mechanisms of endocrine disruptors on human systems.

The video is just over 10 minutes long.

To register for access to the video, please visit our video registration page: Endocrine Disruptors Video Registration.

[Posted on 1 July 2019]

News Briefings Summary
  • 26 May 2020
    New ECHA CLP Guidance Documents Published

  • 19 May 2020
    Draft Regulation Amending Article 25 Of CLP

  • 23 April 2020
    Draft Second Amendment to Annex VIII of CLP

  • 23 April 2020
    Reminder: 13th ATP to CLP applicable from 1st May 2020

  • 23 March 2020
    Multilateral Agreements For ADR & RID

  • 17 March 2020
    The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020

  • 3 March 2020
    UK Chemical Industry: Regulatory Divergence

  • 2 March 2020
    Corrigendum To the 14th ATP Published

  • 10 February 2020
    Third Corrigendum To ADR 2019 Published

  • 13 January 2020
    Poison Centres - Annex VIII amendment published

  • 21 November 2019
    CHCS 2019 AGM & Annual Lectures: Presentations Now Available

  • 21 November 2019
    Commission Directive (EU) 2019/1831 Establishes  A 5th List Of Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs)

  • 12 November 2019
    ECHA publishes draft CoRAP for 2020-2022

    CHCS Members can read these News items, and older posts, on the CHCS News Briefings page.

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    For a full list of our CHCS Training Courses, please visit our Training page. 

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