(MSDS) Material Safety Data Sheet
(MSDS) Material Safety Data Sheets contain important information relating to the safe handling and use of chemicals. They are also required by law. All compounds are accompanied with Safety data sheets produced in accordance to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH). or SDSs have been further adapted to take into account the rules for safety data sheets of the Global Harmonised System (GHS) and the implementation of other elements of the GHS into EU legislation that were introduced by Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (CLP)  via an update to Annex II of REACH. The SDS follows a 16 section format which is internationally agreed and for substances especially, the SDS should be followed with an Annex which contains the exposure scenarios of this particular substance. SDS are supplied in an official language of the Member State(s) where the substance or mixture is placed on the market, unless the Member State(s) concerned provide(s) otherwise (Article 31(5) of REACH). We follow guidance published by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on the compilation of safety data sheets
GHS - Global Harmonised System
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for Classification and labeling of Chemicals and their Mixtures (Directive EC No. 1272/2008)
From December 1st 2010 GHS has been implemented by the European Union and is intended to standardise
classification and labeling systems, worldwide.The system will classify chemical substances according to how dangerous
they are and label them using standardised danger statements and pictograms, universally.
The decision to create the GHS was taken at the United Nations Conference in 1992 and was published in 2002.The
European Union adapted the GHS to the new Regulation(EC No 1272/2008 (CPL - Classification labeling and Packaging
of Substances and Mixtures), which abolished the Directive 67/.548/EEC.The new regulations enter force on December
1st 2010 and new labels and safety sheets will be adopted to comply with these regulations.
What will I notice on the labels?
Risk phases (R) now become Danger statements (H phrases).
Safety phrases (R) become Precautionary statements (P phrases).
The warning word that accompanied the pictogram will now disappear and is replaced by the single word Warning or
Danger which will be put before the H and P phrases.
The pictograms have changed.These are now a white background with a red frame.
With the exception of the St Andrews Cross (Xn/Xi) most of the nine pictures previously used in the pictograms will still
correspond to the well known hazard symbols but the EU have introduced GHS04, GHS07 and 08 as over
Example Product Lable:
For more information please see: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/ghs/index_en.htm
Will I receive old and new style labeled products?
For the products within the supply chain whose labels conform with the old classification system (Directive 67/548/EWG) these can be continued to be delivered for up to two years.
Deadlines for products labeled before GHS:
For re-labeling substances: 1st December 2012
For re-labeling mixtures: 1st December 2017