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New Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Safety Data Sheets

Embracing Progress: Unveiling New GHS Safety Data Sheets

In a stride towards standardization and improved safety measures, we are excited to announce the integration of new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Safety Data Sheets (SDS) into our practices. This shift marks a significant advancement in aligning safety standards across various platforms, including the American National Standard for Hazardous Industrial Chemicals, ANSI MSDS Preparation, ISO Safety Data Sheet for Chemical Products, and OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.

A Comparative Insight: GHS SDS vs. Existing MSDS Versions

Outlined below is a comprehensive comparison of key elements between the GHS SDS and existing MSDS versions, including ISO Safety Data Sheet, ANSI MSDS Preparation, and OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.

Product and Company Identification

  • GHS product identifier.
  • Other means of identification.
  • Recommended use of the chemical and restrictions.
  • Supplier’s details and emergency phone number.

Hazards Identification

  • GHS classification and label elements.
  • Other hazards not covered by GHS.

Composition/Information on Ingredients

  • Chemical identity, CAS number, etc.
  • Concentration ranges of hazardous ingredients.

First-Aid Measures

  • Description of necessary measures.
  • Symptoms/effects, acute and delayed.
  • Indication of immediate medical attention.

Firefighting Measures

  • Suitable (and unsuitable) extinguishing media.
  • Specific hazards and protective equipment.

Accidental Release Measures

Personal precautions and methods for containment.

Handling and Storage

Precautions for safe handling and storage conditions.

Exposure Controls/Personal Protection

Control parameters, engineering controls, and personal protective equipment.

Physical and Chemical Properties

Appearance, odor, pH, flashpoint, etc.

Stability and Reactivity

Chemical stability, hazardous reactions, and conditions to avoid.

Toxicological Information

Toxicological effects, routes of exposure, symptoms, and numerical toxicity measures.

Ecological Information

Ecotoxicity, persistence, bioaccumulative potential, and other adverse effects.

Disposal Considerations

Description of waste residues and safe disposal methods.

Transport Information

UN number, proper shipping name, hazard class, and special precautions.

Regulatory Information

Safety, health, and environmental regulations.

Other Information

Additional details on SDS preparation and revision.

Conclusion

These new GHS SDS exemplify a unified approach towards chemical safety and regulatory compliance. As we embrace this change, we invite you to explore the enhanced safety standards and discuss your specific situation with our experts. Contact us, and let us guide you through these advancements in safety protocols.

Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), United Nations, 2005. ISO 11014-1:2003 DRAFT Safety Data Sheet for Chemical Products. American National Standard for Hazardous Industrial Chemicals-MSDS Preparation (ANSI Z-400.1-2004). U.S. DOL, OSHA, 29 CFR 1910.1200, HAZCOM.