Standards

 

All Safety Data Sheets written by MSDS Authoring Services undergo strict quality benchmarks that go beyond industry SDS standards and requirements. All Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and European Economic Community (EEC) compliance standards will be efficiently met.

MSDS Authoring Services supplies customers with Safety Data Sheets that are in compliance with regulations from the following countries:

 

Americas:

  • USA: OSHA 29 CFR1910.1200 HazCom 2012 + State regulations and lists (ie: California prop. 65; New Jersey Right-to-Know; etc.). GHS Rev03;
  • Canada: WHMIS 2015 and GHS Rev5;
  • Mexico: NOM 018-STPS-2015 and GHS Rev5;
  • Brazil: In accordance with ABNT NRB 14725-4:2009, along with GHS.

 

Europe:

  • 28 EU countries + European Free Trade Association: In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament (CLP), REACH Regulation (EC) 1907/2006, Directive 2008/68/EC and GHS Rev05 and all applicable country specific laws, lists and Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) for the 28 Member States.
  • Which include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic , Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
     
    The candidate countries Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey already started to implement current legislation. Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are the members of the European Economic Area (EEA).

 

Asia-Pacific:

  • Australia: Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws consisting of a model WHS Act and GHS Rev4 and country specific lists such as: Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances and Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons.
  • New Zealand:
  • China/Taiwan/Hong Kong: According to GB/T 16483-2008, Publication of 28 GHS compulsory national standards (GB 30000-2013) fully aligned with GHS Rev4. and country specific lists such as: Environmental Administration of New Chemical Substances and China Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances;
  • Japan: National Standard JIS Z 7253 and GHS Rev4.
  • Korea: Industrial Safety and Health Act (ISHA), Standard KSM 1069:2006 and GHS Rev5.
  • Malaysia: Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 (Act 514) and related CLASS Regulations 2013 and GHS Rev3;

 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. Most employees in the U.S. are under the jurisdiction of OSHA, unless they work for state and local governments. However, employees working for state and local governments are covered by OSHA Act protections if they work in states which have an OSHA-approved state program. Both employers and employees are protected by OSHA and have differing responsibilities and coverage.

Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace to all employees, whether they are in the chemical distribution, chemicals, process manufacturing, health-care, power utilities, retail, consumer products, aerospace and defense, technology, petrochemicals, food ingredients and food contact, flavor and fragrances, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, or pesticides industries. All OSHA safety and health standards must be followed regardless of employer. Also, employers are required to find and correct safety and health problems. This would include keeping all Safety Data Sheets current and up-to-date.

Due to many industries working with chemical safety hazards, chemicals hazards, chemicals in the workplace, and hazardous chemicals or environments, OSHA requires employers to do everything possible to mandate changes in actual conditions instead of only relying on personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, suits, special clothing, and gloves. Common ways to minimize risks would include changing chemicals to safer alternatives, enclosing processes to trap harmful fumes, or using effective ventilation systems to clean the air.

For employees working under potentially hazardous conditions, OSHA and other government agencies are working hard to avoid unsafe or unhealthy working conditions in the workplace. OSHA rules and requirements are for the protection of workers in potentially hazardous workplaces. These standards set forth by OSHA commonly refer to requirements about: amount of hazardous chemicals workers can be exposed to, require the use of certain safe practices and equipment, and require employers to monitor hazards and keep records of workplace injuries and illnesses, provide fall protection, prevent trenching cave ins, prevent infectious diseases, assure that workers safely enter confined spaces, prevent exposure to harmful substances like asbestos, put guards on machines, provide respirators or other safety equipment, and provide training for certain dangerous jobs.

OSHA standards are a key part of Safety Data Sheet writing due to the hazards that chemicals and other products pose to employers, employees, and emergency workers. Potentially hazardous materials must be recorded and have a Safety Data Sheet that is routinely updated.

For more information on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) SDS standards, you can visit OSHA’s web site.

 

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Hazard Communication Standard – In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires the development and dissemination of such information:

  • Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import, and prepare labels and safety data sheets to convey the hazard information to their downstream customers;
  • All employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must have labels and safety data sheets for their exposed workers, and train them to handle the chemicals appropriately.

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Once implemented, the revised standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals. This update will also help reduce trade barriers and result in productivity improvements for American businesses that regularly handle, store, and use hazardous chemicals while providing cost savings for American businesses that periodically update safety data sheets and labels for chemicals covered under the hazard communication standard.

 

GHS – Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling

In 2003, the United Nations (UN) created the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). GHS is a system for harmonizing hazard classification criteria and chemical hazard communication elements worldwide. The GHS is not a regulation; rather it is a framework or guidance for classifying and labeling hazardous chemicals. The purpose of classification under the GHS is to provide harmonized information. The GHS includes criteria for the classification of health, physical and environmental hazards, as well as specifying what information should be included on labels of hazardous chemicals as well as safety data sheets. The United States was an active participant in the development of the GHS, and is a member of the UN bodies established to maintain and coordinate implementation of the system.tion to users of chemicals with the goal of enhancing protection of human health and the environment.

 

 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – By developing regulations, enforcing regulations, giving grants to state environmental projects, studying environmental issues, sponsoring partnerships and teaching people about the environment, the EPA works toward their mission of educating and protecting the global environment.

EPA standards are adhered to in all stages of MSDS Authoring Services’ Safety Data Sheets writing services. Due to the ever-changing requirements to better our environment, MSDS Authoring Services goes above and beyond what is asked to deliver SDS products that are of great quality and serve as effective safety measures, regardless of industry. For more information on SDS writing services which abide by common MSDS standards, click here.

 

 

Canada
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is Canada’s national hazard communication standard. By adhering to international guidelines, MSDS Authoring Services aims to deliver Safety Data Sheets products that are long-lasting and make it easier for those who are in an international setting to better deliver quality products under applicable guidelines. The WHMIS national hazard communication standard put in place by Canada aims to label hazardous “controlled products” by requiring worker education and training programs to further encourage awareness.

 

 

EU – REACH
Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is a European Union regulation written for the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can come from chemicals. They promote alternative methods for hazard assessment in order to reduce the number of tests done on animals. REACH requires all companies manufacturing or importing chemical substances into the European Union in quantities of one ton or more per year to register these substances with European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). REACH also addresses the continued use of chemical substances of very high concern (SVHC) because of their potential negative impacts on human health or the environment.

 

 

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