Material Safety Data Sheets changing to Safety Data Sheets under GHS

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

In addition to ongoing product innovation for our customers, Rutland Group continues to take a lead in regulatory compliance issues on a global basis.  We are a specialty chemical company and take this responsibility seriously.

An example of this stewardship is our compliance with the new global format of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) changing to SDS (Safety Data Sheets) under the new GHS system.  This significant expense to our company represents the ongoing commitment to product stewardship that Rutland is making every day.

What is GHS?  It stands for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.  It is a system to promote consistency of hazard classification criteria and chemical hazard communication elements worldwide. It is not a regulation but a framework or guidance for classifying and labeling hazardous chemicals.

Below you will find the changes under GHS that result in improved product labeling and safety information.

MSDS is changing to SDS

Section 1: Identification
Will contain the following additional information:
New sub-heading
Recommended use of the chemical and restriction on use.
Product identifier, other means of product identification

Section 2: Hazard(s) identification
OSHA HCS 2012 sub-heading will show Hazard Class, Hazard Category, Hazard Symbol, Signal Word, Hazard Statement and associated code, Precautionary Statements and associated codes.

Section 3: Composition/information on ingredients
Information required by OSHA HCS 2012.

Section 4: First-Aid Measures
Will contain the following information: Medical conditions aggravated by overexposure
Signs and symptoms of overexposure

Section 5: Fire-Fighting Measures

Section 6: Accidental Release Measures

Section 7: Handling and Storage

Section 8: Exposure Controls/Personal Protection
No Changes to Sections 5-8

Section 9: Physical and Chemical Properties
Will contain the following information (previously in Section 5):
–        Flashpoint                               –    Lower explosion limit
–        Auto ignition temperature        –    Upper explosion limit
–        Flammability                            –    Self-ignition temperature Flammability of aerosols
–        Decomposition temperature

Section 10: Stability and Reactivity
Will contain Reactivity, Chemical Stability

Section 11: Toxicological Information
Will contain the following additional information:
–        Primary routes of exposure     –    Acute Toxicity/Effects
–        Symptoms of exposure            –    Chronic Toxicity/Effects

Section 12: Ecology Information
Only Sub-Heading changes

Section 13: Disposal Considerations

Section 14: Transport Information
No Changes to Sections 13 & 14

Section 15: Regulatory Information
Will include labeling requirements under FIFRA, if applicable
UN GHS hazard classification

Section 16: Other Information
Will contain the following information:
–        NFPA rating
–        HMIS rating
–        SDS preparation date