CLP, GHS and MSDS
The European Union, in recent years, updated the legislation about management of chemicals and passed the REACH Regulation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemicals – EC Regulation no. 1907/2006).
This Regulation establishes an integrated system of registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances in use, in order to ensure better human health and environmental protection.
In order to manage and coordinate the new processes required by new regulations on chemicals, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) was instituted; to harmonize the information about chemicals’ hazards and toxicity, the CLP regulation was passed (Classification, Labelling and Packaging – EC Regulation no. 1272/2008 ).
The Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are an effective method of providing information on substances and mixtures throughout the supply chain, from the manufacturer or importer to the final user. Continuous updates of the REACH and CLP Regulations changed the SDS in the structure and content, requiring further revisions.
The SDS must be country-specific, not only in terms of language but also considering local regulatory requirements regarding, for example, occupational exposure limits, industrial hygiene, applicable laws, environmental protection, etc. It is often mistakenly believed that the SDS in different languages are just translations.
Outside of the European Union the Globally Harmonized System (GHS – Global Harmonization System) also applies. This System was developed by the United Nations with the aim of uniforming the global classification and labelling of hazardous chemicals.
Here again, the SDS should be designed for the specific country with the added complication, for us Europeans, of the requirements about indicating detailed information about transport, disposal, local regulations, personal protective equipment, etc.
ESHQ Consulting provides support to companies in reviewing existing safety sheets or writing new safety sheets from scratch, both in the European Union non-EU version:
Draft and revision of safety data sheets, both for Italy and for non-EU countries;
Constant review of the correctness of the hazard classification;
Support in the notification to European/National authorities about hazardous mixtures, implementing art. 45 of the CLP regulation;
Consulting regarding the classification and labelling of substances and mixtures.
ESHQ Consulting takes total liability and ensures that the SDS compiled by us comply with legal requirements.
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