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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

The Deadline To Submit A Downstream User Notification (DUIN)
The deadline to submit a downstream user notification (DUIN) is almost here. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 26 October 2021]

The Carriage Of Dangerous Goods And Use Of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations Amendments Now Combined
The Dangerous Goods division of the Department for Transport (DfT) had been planning a consolidation of all the existing regulations on the carriage of dangerous goods, so that the UK industry need refer only to one Statutory Instrument. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 21 October 2021]

The Carriage Of Dangerous Goods And Use Of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 Amended
The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 has been amended by the Radiation Emergency and Consultation Regulations 2021. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 21 October 2021]

ECHA - Safer Chemicals Recordings Available
On the 6th October 2021 The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) held its safer Chemicals conference. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 20 October 2021]

CHCS' October 2021 Newsletter is now available, containing several important updates on the many recent changes to the regulation framework. See CHCS October 2021 Newsletter. 

GHS Revision 9 
Globally Harmonised System (GHS) Revision 9 has been published and is available online in both English and French. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 20 September 2021]

UK Cosmetics Regulation
A new web page in the extensive set of Legislation pages on this website. For more details, see our Legislation web page[Posted on 1 September 2021]

MLA 340 And RID 06/2021 Counter-Signed By The United Kingdom
The United Kingdom has counter-signed Multilateral Agreement 340 and RID 06/2021 permitting sodium-ion batteries and sodium-ion cells using an organic electrolyte, or sodium-ion batteries and sodium-ion cells using an organic electrolyte contained in equipment or packed with equipment, to be carried without assignment of a UN number. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 20 August 2021]

Publication Of The Draft 18th ATP To The CLP Regulation
The European Commission has published the draft 18th adaptation to technical progress (ATP) to Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (the CLP Regulation). CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 17 August 2021]

Dangerous Emails Disguised As Coming From NPIS
Beware of potentially dangerous emails disguised as coming from the National Poisons Information Service - NPIS, which include attachments which the email encourages you to click. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 29 July 2021]

SDS Will Be The Focus For Enforcement In 2023
At the most recent Enforcement Forum meeting it was agreed that safety data sheets (SDS) would be the main focus for 2023. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 20 July 2021]

Government Updates Their Guidance On Poison Centres
The .gov.uk guidance page on poison centres has been updated with additional information on 'How to generate a UFI if you are a company based outside the EU or if you do not have a VAT number.' CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 29 June 2021]

Webinar: Substance Identity Testing Requirements for UK REACH
The presentation and recording from our webinar held on 22 June 2021 are now available to members linked from the Past Events page of our website. [Posted on 22 June 2021]

CHCS 2021 AGM & Annual Lectures
We are delighted to announce this year's AGM & Annual Lectures, taking place online over two afternoons: 22 & 23 November 2021. Details and timings to be confirmed, but registration now open. For more information, please see: CHCS 2021 AGM. [Posted on 21 June 2021]

Inception Impact Assessments (Roadmaps) For REACH & CLP - deadline 23:00 GMT, 1 June 2021
It is not too late to respond to the Inception Impact Assessments (Roadmaps) for the planned revisions to the REACH and CLP Regulations. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 31 May 2021]

Poison Centre Practical Guide updated
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have their practical guide relating to poison centre notifications. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 20 May 2021]

ECHA Survey On Recycling Of Waste (deadline to respond: 27 April 2021)
The European Chemicals Agency is inviting stakeholders with ‘an interest in chemical recycling’ to respond to a short survey, which will feed into a larger study on chemical recycling of waste. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 26 April 2021]

The Dangerous Goods Emergency Action Code List 2021
The new list has again been produced by the NCEC, in co-operation with the UK Home Office, and is published by TSO. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 26 April 2021]

ECHA Updates Poison Centre Guidance
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have updated their poison centres guidance document. Now on Version 4.0 the updated document gives information on some of the sector specific workability challenges. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. [Posted on 6 April 2021]

Webinar: “Brexit - Do You Know What You Don't Yet Know?”
The presentations and recording from our webinar held on 1 April 2021 are now available to members linked from the Past Events page of our website. [Posted on 1 April 2021]

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]

CHCS News Summary
  • Update From HSE On UK REACH
    (5 March 2021)

  • Updates To ECHA’s Brexit Pages and Q&As
    (17 March 2021)

  • Update From HSE On UK REACH
    (5 March 2021)

  • The GB Mandatory Classification and Labelling (MCL) List
    (1 February 2021)

  • Update to Canada GHS (Aligned with 7th Edition) (26 January 2021)

  • UK Exit Of EU: Resources To Help As Transition Period Ends (11 December 2020)

  • End Of UK Transition Period – HSE Podcasts Series (9 December 2020)

  • Second Amendment Of Annex VIII of CLP (Poison Centres) Is Published (23 November 2020)

  • Poison Centre Portal Updated (30 October 2020)

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