What needs to be included in Section 4 of the safety data sheets?

So what exactly belongs in Section 4 of the SDS? First aid measures, of course. But what exactly does that mean? After going through the general structure of the fourth section last week, this week, I will be focussing on the content. Section 4 of the safety data sheet The description of the first aid [...]

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Substances that need to be listed in the safety data sheet

Section 3 contains fixed guidelines for the substances that need to be listed in the safety data sheet. I have heard all kinds of rumours about this topic. A popular rumour is that only ingredients with GHS hazard symbols need to be listed. However, this is not the case. Besides the properties of the ingredient, [...]

By |2018-09-10T14:23:39+02:00March 2018|Safety Data Sheets|Comments Off on Substances that need to be listed in the safety data sheet

Keeping safety data sheets up to date – what needs to be considered

Keeping safety data sheets up to date presents a challenge to any manufacturer of hazardous substances. In addition to classic changes, such as adjustments to in-house formulations, there are many other causes that must be taken into consideration. Some even have far-reaching consequences, e.g. a substance that needs to be declared in Section 3, but [...]

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The road to European product notification, part 4 – Repeat notification of mixtures

Anyone considering the use of the transitional period for their products, i.e. up to 2025, needs to know when a repeat notification of mixtures is required. The first European product notification will commence in 2020. Currently, it is still possible to carry out a BfR product notification for mixtures and then, from 2025 onwards, fulfil [...]

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The road to European product notification, part 3 – Concentration specifications of formulations

As before in the national BfR product notification, the concentration specifications of the formulations for the harmonised EU notification will be more precise than those contained in the safety data sheet. According to a statement by the host at the workshop for implementing Annex VIII of the CLP Regulation, the concentration limits were determined in [...]

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The road to European product notification, part 2 – The unique formula identifier UFI

The unique formula identifier UFI is introduced along with the European product notification. The UFI is used for the identification of mixtures. At this year’s Workshop on the implementation of Annex VIII to CLP, UFIs were one of the big topics, especially during the rounds of questions. The explanations provided by the speakers helped clarify [...]

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The road to European product notification, part 1

In future, harmonised information on hazardous substances will be transmitted to poison information centres in a European product notification. This affects considerably more companies that put hazardous substances into circulation than the BfR product notification currently in effect in Germany. In the first part of the series that describes the road to a harmonised European [...]

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What is the meaning of the exclamation mark GHS CLP?

Unlike the very specific hazard pictograms, such as for example the flame symbol, the meaning of the exclamation mark in GHS CLP is of a more general nature. In short: There are several different hazards indicated by the exclamation mark. Moreover, this pictogram can be replaced by other pictograms. What are the hazards that may [...]

By |2018-09-10T14:25:30+02:00July 2017|General, Hazardous Substances, Occupational Safety, Safety Data Sheets|Comments Off on What is the meaning of the exclamation mark GHS CLP?

What is the meaning of “Aspiration hazard” in GHS CLP?

Aspiration is the entry of solids or liquids into the trachea and the lower airways. But what does this mean in terms of aspiration hazards within the context of the European law on hazardous substances? The aspiration hazard in the CLP Regulation The aspiration hazard is included under health hazards und comprises one category. In [...]

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The link between “damaging to eyes” and “skin corrosive” in the EU law on hazardous substances

Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 (CLP), the law on hazardous substances at European level for the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, distinguishes between harmful effects on the eye and on the skin.  Both effects have their own classification criteria and categories. Nevertheless, the mixture classification of the eye effect also depends on the [...]

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