Safety Data Sheets are an essential part of every company’s environmental health and safety compliance. SDS authoring by using convenient and precise SDS software now gives companies a much easier way to handle their SDS services. Safety Data Sheets play a critical role in allowing your company to manage all chemicals used onsite or sent offsite by providing all information necessary to promote safe chemical handling.

What Information Is On A Chemical SDS Sheet?

According to OSHA and the GHS, every chemical used by your company must have a Safety Data Sheet available onsite in hard or electronic format, preferably both. All SDS sheets produced using SDS software must include the following specific details to be safety compliant and useful in the workplace:

  1. Identification of the chemical.
  2. Identification of any hazard.
  3. Ingredients and/or chemical composition.
  4. First Aid to be used.
  5. Flammability and firefighting methods.
  6. How to handle accidental chemical releases.
  7. Safe handling and storage methods.
  8. Required personal protection and how to limit exposure.
  9. Chemical and physical properties.
  10. Chemical stability and potential reactions.
  11. Toxicology safety information.
  12. Environmental safety.
  13. Safe disposal methods.
  14. Transportation handling and hazards.
  15. National and International regulations.
  16. Other important and relevant details.

How Do SDS Sheets Ensure Safe Chemical Handling?

Through convenient SDS authoring which ensures that every chemical used in the workplace has an associated Safety Data Sheet available, your company can appropriately plan for safe chemical use and handling in the workplace as follows:

  • Employee Training - As a critical part of onsite SDS services, Safety Data Sheets are essential tools for employee training as they contain all pertinent information about specific chemicals and the potential hazards they pose. Your employees should be trained in how to read and understand these sheets, what precautions to take according to the information provided, and how to handle hazardous chemicals in all circumstances.
  • Onsite Chemical Handling - Safe use, transport, and disposal of all chemicals is essential to ensure employee and environmental safety. Safety Data Sheets provide critical instructions on potential risks, how chemicals should be used, proper storage and labeling, and proper transport instructions.
  • Chemical Safety Protocols - Most importantly, Safety Data Sheets contain essential information about the required protective gear that should be used, how to prevent exposure, and what to do in the event of exposure or a spill. When they are readily available to employees, they can prevent hazardous situations and allow for proper handling of any accidents that may occur.
  • Workplace EHS Planning - In addition, Safety Data Sheets give your company a basis on which to build an EHS program. From training programs to the assignment of various roles for proper chemical management in the workplace, EHS protocols should address potential chemical hazards, provide workplace solutions on how to prevent them, and include protocols on exposure handling, incident reporting, and improving onsite EHS.  

When considering the wealth of information that is contained on every SDS sheet produced using SDS software, it is easy to understand their importance as the main source of safe chemical handling. When these sheets are properly generated using SDS authoring programs, they are the main element in keeping a safe workplace.

Every company that uses chemicals labeled as hazardous must employ the right SDS services, which includes using and producing the required chemical Safety Data Sheets!

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