Dealing with chemicals and hazardous substances is a daily business for many companies. However, this entails numerous risks to safety and health. A Safety Data Sheet that briefly and succinctly lists the most important product data is of particular importance. Thus, the document acts as the central source of information regarding the legally compliant assessment of the potential dangers of chemicals and is therefore an indispensable component in the transport of dangerous goods. The Safety Data Sheet is regulated in terms of form and content by the Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council (REACH). There is a lot to consider.
As a manufacturer or importer of hazardous substances, you must create Safety Data Sheets worldwide. In its compact form, the Safety Data Sheet contains the most important information about your product and accompanies it throughout all stages of the supply chain. Just like labels, Safety Data Sheets have to be adapted for different countries. Also storage, handling and transport of hazardous materials products require operating instructions and safety information. In Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the USA, for example, there are very different standards in the creation of Safety Data Sheets. Therefore, in addition to the multilingualism different form requirements must be considered.
Creating a correct Safety Data Sheet is a complex task that especially for laypersons is hard to tackle. The devil is in the details. A deficient Safety Data Sheet with contentual incorrect or even incomplete information entails some problems. Thus, there may be complaints from consumers and competitors or reports from other authorities. Also not rare are problems with customs. A Safety Data Sheet, if possible in the official language of the destination country, should already be available on import in order to keep the potential danger of the product transparent. The labelling of the packaging has to comply with the CLP Regulation. Otherwise, the goods must remain with the customs and are threatened to be destroyed, unless a correct Safety Data Sheet is submitted in due time.
The scenarios mentioned above may also apply if the Safety Data Sheet is complete but outdated. The document should be updated as soon as new information on the substance / substance hazards is available. This also applies to various changes in the legal situation, which in turn may affect the entire risk management. Even if the approval for the respective product has been granted or denied or a restriction has been issued, this must be included quickly in the Safety Data Sheet. If the import of the goods is already at stake, there is an urgent need for action.
European law requires that the manufacturer of safety data sheets has knowledge that is evidenced by constant training and practice.Creating or updating a Safety Data Sheet is not easy, especially for small and medium-sized companies - it requires in-depth expertise in hazardous substances law, dangerous goods law (transport law), toxicology, occupational safety and ecotoxicology as well as knowledge of national regulations. Therefore it makes sense to entrust safety data sheets to experts. Our twenty-member interdisciplinary team will help you to respond to constant changes through chemicals-related laws, regulations, research and standards. As a result, your product liability risk is reduced many times over. As your Hazardous Material Backoffice ™, Qualisys will update the Safety Data Sheets and labels for you. This not only protects you, but also saves valuable time.