SDS/MSDS safety sheets are not meant for consumers and are used for those who come into contact with potential hazardous materials in their occupation.Due to the important nature of SDS/MSDS safety sheets’ use, accurate and routine SDS/MSDS updating is imperative.Safety Data Sheets should be constantly updated and current, for your employees, company and workplace safety and also the environment.All US SDS/MSDS safety sheet products written by MSDS Authoring Services are standardized per the following SDS requirements and SDS standards: SDS/MSDS safety sheets are used for employees who may be exposed to potential hazardous products at work, employers who need to be aware of the proper storage methods for potential hazardous products, and emergency responders such as firefighters, hazardous material crews, emergency medical technicians, and emergency room personnel who might come into contact with potential hazardous materials.The American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Standard Z400.1-2004 “Hazardous Industrial Chemicals – Material Safety Data Sheets – Preparation” is the currently “old” MSDS standard commonly used to create an MSDS sheet.
Maintaining and updating an SDS library of chemicals used in your workplace is a complex and labour-intensive task that takes time away from your business activities and likely the bottom line.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) of the United States Department of Labor has mandated that all Material Safety Data Sheets be updated to comply under the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).Comply with all requirements of the GHS rule, including classify chemical hazards and prepare new labels and SDSs.
Distributors have until December 1, 2015 to comply with the shipping requirements for GHS-compliant labels.
Information in this document is based on the federal legislation – the amended Hazardous Products Act and the new Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR).
Health Canada is the government body responsible for making the required changes to the overall federal WHMIS-related laws.