What Does the New Update of the Safety Data Sheets Consist of?

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In this article we will explain what the new update of the safety data sheets (SDS) consists of based on the modification of Annex II of the REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 by the new regulation (EU) 2020/878 .

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What does the new update of the safety data sheets consist of?

One of the changes in the REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 is its update to adapt it to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemical Products (GHS). This new modification of the regulation implements new sections within the sections of each tab. You have more information about the complete regulation: What is the REACH regulation and how does it work?

The new modification of the regulation was carried out in the year 2020 for its subsequent implementation at the beginning of 2021. This application of the regulation implies that all the safety sheets of chemical products must be updated based on said regulation to comply with the REACH regulation.

When is the deadline to update the safety data sheets?

This new modification of the REACH regulation entered into force on January 1, 2021. Therefore, companies have two years, until the end of 2022, to be able to update all the safety data sheets. Failure to update them before January 1st 2023, implies non-compliance with the standard, which may entail for companies: incidents in the handling, storage and transport of the product, in addition to sanctions and legal proceedings.

What modifications must be made in the safety data sheets?

Structure of the sections

The new update will entail modifications in the different sections of which a safety sheet is structured.

  • The Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) should be listed in section 1.1 for a hazardous chemical mixture.

Sections referring to endocrine disrupting properties

Likewise, new sections appear in reference to the properties of endocrine alteration.

  • Section 2.3: information on the environment and human health in relation to the endocrine disruption of the chemical.
  • Section 11.2: with information regarding other hazards in relation to endocrine disruption.
  • Section 12.6: endocrine disrupting properties information.

Section Nomenclatures

There are also changes to the name of different sections:

  • Section 11.1: Information on the hazard classes defined under Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008
  • Section 12.7: Other adverse effects. This section replaces the old section 12.6.
  • Section 14.7: Concerning bulk maritime transport in accordance with the instruments of the IMO (International Maritime Organization).

Emergency number

In addition, the insertion of a 24-hour toxicological emergency telephone number is added.

  • In section 1.4 , a 24-hour emergency contact will appear to comply with the globally harmonized system (GHS), in order to facilitate and avoid chemical risks that affect the supply chain and the worker.
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