A Chemical Safety Data Sheet, or chemical SDS, provides much-needed information about hazards that are located within the workplace. OSHA and EPA regulations help companies create risk management programs in order to minimize exposure to chemicals.
Although they are regulated by law, safety data sheets are older than most modern regulatory agencies. The earliest records detailing chemical ingredients come from the Egyptian physician, Imhotep, who recorded how he treated various ailments. What began as individualized prescriptions and recipes over 4,000 years ago have now evolved into the global standard for communicating crucial information about chemicals.
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If you’ve been tracking GHS timelines, you know today is a big day. December 1st marks the effective completion date for compliance rules stating distributors shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless it has a HazCom 2012 label.
OSHA recently updated its Hazard Communication web page by incorporating drop-down tabs for all topics related to the revised standard. You can now easily find links to letters of interpretation, the standard, guidance documents and frequently asked questions. Also included are great resources such as links to the Regulatory Cooperation Council information and history and background on how OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard aligns with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling.