Top SDS Software Enterprise Use Cases

Safety Data Sheets have historically been used in hard copy format, stored away in a binder for reference making it almost impossible to quickly author and update them. These OSHA-required documents are designed to help employees identify hazardous materials and understand the appropriate handling of these materials. However, manually authoring and updating every hazardous substance’s […]

The Importance of Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) on an SDS

By Nabila Al Hasan, Regulatory Compliance Specialist Occupational exposure limits (OELs) are values, determined by various health regulatory bodies, that indicate safe levels of human exposure to hazardous chemicals. Available research information and recent data on hazardous substances, especially concerning acute toxicity, carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, and toxicity to reproduction, are used to set these limits. OELs […]

Completing Section 10 of Your SDS Without Product Test Data

By Veronica Marrero, Regulatory Compliance Specialist Many times, Section 10 of a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is comprised of ambiguous statements, something you want to steer clear of in hazard communication. The best way to communicate the information most accurate to the product in Section 10 is with test data. However, this may not always […]

What Physical Properties Drive Hazard Classifications?

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When authoring Safety Data Sheets (SDS), there are several components that inform hazard classification. While aspects such as ingredients of a chemical or mixture, stability, and reactivity matter, more than 90% of the information on SDSs is based on physical properties. This is because ingredients may lose their hazardous properties when they’re mixed with other […]

CAS Number FAQs

CAS numbers are an important part of any Safety Data Sheets (SDS)—but, with over 180 million unique chemical substances, one small mistake when listing CAS numbers can lead to a chain of errors, lost time, and wasted dollars that can eventually be traced back to the source. Here’s what you need to know about CAS […]

SDS & Jurisdictions: What You Need to Know

Hazard and compliance regulations can get complicated – fast. Here’s what we mean: While there is a Globally Harmonized System (GHS), not everyone uses it when authoring SDSs. Some jurisdictions have their own regulations, and others pick and choose aspects from GHS to incorporate into their respective systems. See? Below, we’re clearing up some of […]

Hazard Communication & Methylene Chloride

By Rennee Karlik, Regulatory Compliance Specialist Methylene chloride is used in a variety of industrial processes and present in a wide range of products including paint strippers/removers, adhesives, lubricants, cleaners, degreasers, sealants, automotive care and welding aids.  The dangers of methylene chloride have garnered a lot of attention due to fatalities resulting from both consumer […]

Manufactured Products & Incorrect Exemptions

By Rennee Karlik, Regulatory Compliance Specialist It takes a special skillset and industry-specific knowledge to effectively author a safety data sheet for products that are not hazardous until subjected to further use or processing. Additional consideration and attention to a product’s life cycle is essential to determine and communicate potential hazards and under what conditions […]

How to Navigate UVCBs in Safety Data Sheets

By Rennee Karlik, Regulatory Compliance Specialist Many different factors can add to the complexity of authoring a Safety Data Sheet (SDS). Some of the factors can include complex supplier SDSs as mixture ingredients, large number of ingredients, constantly changing suppliers, constantly changing formulations based on supply, and UVCBs. While some of these topics we have […]

What You Need to Know About Assembly Bill 647

Consumers today are asking more questions than ever about where their products come from—and what’s in them. Reflecting this same interest in transparency, regulatory bodies in the United States have been revisiting the statutes and laws surrounding potentially hazardous substances. One example of this was last year’s introduction of Assembly Bill 495, better known as […]