An overview of the key regulations on safety data sheets
Safety data sheets are especially relevant to users of chemicals because they ultimately provide information on the identity of the corresponding product. Find out how to compile such a document here.
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Compiling a safety data sheet can be a challenge for any company. The use of software products can provide business owners with support - but the distributor is ultimately responsible for the accuracy of the information.
The web links on the topic of "safety data sheets" here can help you with your compilation of safety data sheets and offer you information on the work of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA).
The distributor of a product is responsible for ensuring that the safety data sheet is factually correct and filled out in full. It is also important for this document to be adapted regularly to the current state of knowledge. This is the case if new information has an impact on risk management measures, new information on risks becomes available, or approvals and restrictions have taken place. The basic requirements surrounding the compilation of safety data sheets are set out in Article 31 (requirements of safety data sheets) in connection with Annex II (guidance on the compilation of safety data sheets) of the REACH Regulation (EC) no. 1907/2006.
From 01.12.2012 it has been necessary for safety data sheets to fulfil the changed requirements of Regulation (EU) no. 453/2010.
With effect from 1st June 2015, Annex II of Regulation (EC) no. 1907/2006 gains the version of the annex of Regulation (EU) no. 2015/830 dating from 28th May 2015.
According to Article 31, paragraph 9 of Directive (EC) no. 1907/2006, safety data sheets can continue to be used which are provided to a buyer before 1st June 2015. Until 31st May 2017, they do not have to fulfil the Annex of Regulation 2015/830 (Article 2 of Regulation (EU) no. 2015/830).
With the sale of mixtures that are still labelled according to the preparation guideline (permitted until 01.06.2017), they are supplied with the suitable safety data sheets and not safety data sheets according to the current version of Annex II.
The compilation of safety data sheets on the basis of the REACH Regulation is detailed in the "Guidance on the Compilation of Safety Data Sheets" issued by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). It also contains instructions on the transitional periods for the changes which were required in 2015.
At its 59th session on 14th and 15th November 2016, the Committee for Hazardous Substances (AGS) approved the new version of TRGS 220 "Safety Data Sheet". It was published in the Joint Ministerial Gazette and in the internet in March 2017.
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