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, [...]

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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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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 log Pow? The O/W partition coefficient in SDSs

In Section 12 of the safety data sheets, you can frequently encounter phrases such as "log Kow", "log Pow" or "log pOW” in connection with the bioaccumulation potential. What is behind these values? Which ones are used and when? What are the implications of these values for the bioaccumulation potential? Definition "log Kow" is a [...]

By |2018-09-10T14:27:41+02:00February 2017|Hazardous Substances, Safety Data Sheets|Comments Off on What is log Pow? The O/W partition coefficient in SDSs

Retention period for safety data sheets

Retention of documents is an important topic, especially in terms of the law on hazardous substances. The REACH Regulation regulates the disclosure of information, also through the use of safety data sheets. As a result, every involved party, from the manufacturer / importer to intermediaries and the end consumer, receives documents that have a specified [...]

By |2018-09-10T14:29:06+02:00October 2016|General, Hazardous Substances, Occupational Safety, Safety Data Sheets|Comments Off on Retention period for safety data sheets

Penetration and wearing time for protective gloves

Penetration time and wearing time are generally not the same. What is the difference and what is the maximum length of time protective gloves should be worn? Penetration time Section 8.2.2 of the safety data sheets contains information on skin protection, particularly in relation to protective gloves. Glove material, material strength and penetration time form [...]

By |2018-09-10T14:29:30+02:00October 2016|General, Hazardous Substances, Occupational Safety, Safety Data Sheets|Comments Off on Penetration and wearing time for protective gloves

Dust limit values, the difference between “E” and “A” dust fractions

In occupational health and safety and when working with hazardous substances, terms like smoke, dust, "E" dust or "A" dust are often mentioned. These terms are clearly defined in the statutory provisions and Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances. The difference between smoke and dust and the reason dust is harmful to the lungs are summarized [...]

By |2018-09-10T14:29:48+02:00October 2016|General, Hazardous Substances, Occupational Safety, Safety Data Sheets|Comments Off on Dust limit values, the difference between “E” and “A” dust fractions