Section 2 of SDS - Hazard Identification
The majority of companies who buy/use chemicals will understand their legislative requirements with regards to obtaining and retaining a safety data sheet for those products. However, many companies do not understand what they should do with the information provided in the SDSs they have sourced. All data provided is created with the aim of protecting all users of chemicals. SDS management software can help clarify the utility of particular information, but understanding your data is important to ensure employee protection.
Section 2 of your product SDS aims to provide you with an overview of the particular hazards associated with your chemical and the information required on the product label.
Chemdoc has put together a series of articles outlining the importance of the information provided in the SDS sections and how we can help to make your job a little easier. This first article relates to one of the most important parts of the SDS – Section 2.
While the CLP Regulations in Europe subdivide this section into further subsections, this is not the case with other regulations such as the OSHA HCS in the USA or WHMIS in Canada. Ultimately the information is generally the same throughout all jurisdictions with the exception of one of two minor elements.
- The hazard classification of the product.
- Signal word.
- Hazard statement(s).
- Precautionary statements.
- Description of any hazards not otherwise classified (HCS & WHMIS).
- Additional requirements as outlined by specific legislation.
The hazard classification is usually the first item you will find in Section 2. This information is essential when assessing the risk to the workers and the environment.
The CLP Regulation, HCS and WHMIS introduce a number of different classification hazards under the groups; physical, health and environmental (non-mandatory for HCS & WHMIS). These hazards can range from acute toxicity to environmental hazards to skin sensitisation.
Although companies have some leeway with regards to how they display this information, they cannot exclude the information from their SDSs altogether.
On our system, we collect the information from Section 2 and display the Hazard Pictograms and Codes in an easily understood product screen. Our system also allows you to complete risk assessments and pull reports on this information so you can keep track of your hazardous products without having to update and keep track of an off-line register. You also have the security of knowing that your product SDSs are annually reviewed to ensure the SDSs are up to date and list the current hazards for your products.