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

12 June 2018 - ECHA & Pre-Registration Numbers

Members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings page.

23 May 2018 - The Revision to South Korea’s Chemical Regulation, known as K-REACH
The revision to K-REACH has been published and will enter into force on 1 January 2019.

Members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings page.

13 May 2018 - CHCS 24th AGM & 7th Annual Lectures

We are pleased to announce that we have set the date for the 2018 CHCS AGM & 7th Annual Lectures: Wednesday 14th November, Loughborough.

CHCS Members can register, free-of-charge, at: CHCS 24th AGM & 7th Annual Lectures. We will be releasing more details about the program later in the year. 

As at previous events, we will be hosting an exhibition of products of services of interest to our members. If you would like to find out more about exhibiting / sponsoring the event, please contact the CHCS Office

13 May 2018 - New Consolidated Version of the CLP Regulation

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released the new Poison Centres Notification (PCN) format. The new format can be used to notify hazardous mixtures to Member State appointed bodies.

Members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings page.

13 May 2018 - Poisons Centre News

The 11th Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) to the Regulation on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) has been published.

Members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings page.

Next 3 CHCS Training Courses:

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

OTHER CHCS EVENTS

  • 14 November 2018 09:00
    The Turing Room, Holywell Park Conference Centre, Holywell Way, Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park, Loughborough, LE11 3GR

HOW TO JOIN CHCS

CHCS Membership is open to any person with an interest in chemical hazard communications. You can join by completing the simple on-line form at Join CHCS. Membership is currently £78 (+ £15.60 VAT where applicable; a total of £93.60).  

Contact CHCS

  • General, membership and events/training enquiries: enquiries@chcs.org.uk, tel+ 44 (0) 333 210 2427 (option 1)

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