Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Safety Data Sheets provide information on chemical products, describing the hazards that the chemical presents, as well as giving information on handling, storage, and emergency measures in case of accident.

They are essential for chemical products; however, they require technical expertise and can be time-consuming to prepare. Furthermore, they need reviewing regularly to ensure that they meet changing regulations.

Although finished cosmetic products do not require SDS in terms of their consumer use; manufacture, storage, transportation, and retail sale hazards can arise during production. The production of SDS is an effective method commonly used to provide information required for safe use and disposal of the cosmetic product.

We can create SDS for global regulatory compliance (CLP & OSHA) in 39-languages. From receipt of data, we can usually issue your completed SDS within two weeks. We can also complete Poison Centre Notifications.

Poison Centre Notifications

Companies (such as manufacturers, importers, downstream users, and distributors) that place hazardous mixtures on the UK or EU markets must complete poison centre notifications (PCN) and submit them to the relevant authority; the National Poisons Information Service in the UK and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in the EU.

These mandatory documents provide important information about mixtures classified for health or physical hazards, including emergency health response and preventative measures, and are used by poison centres when incidents or exposures occur.

We offer a full PCN service to support companies comply with poison centre obligations in the UK and EU markets. This includes unique formula identifier (UFI) code generation, dossier preparation, and submission.

Subscription Service

Our new SDS subscription service enables you to outsource the responsibility of maintaining these essential documents to our in-house specialist SDS team. The package includes alerts and notifications of upcoming changes, consultancy, an annual review to ensure they remain up to date, and a limited number of revisions, as applicable. This year-round support saves you valuable time and effort, offers reassurance that your completed SDS is technically accurate, and helps you to stay compliant with regulations that are constantly being reviewed.

Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

Our SDS follow the standard 16-section format and can include a company logo if required:

  • Section 1. Identification
  • Section 2. Hazard(s) identification
  • Section 3. Composition/information on ingredients
  • Section 4. First-Aid measures
  • Section 5. Fire-fighting measures
  • Section 6. Accidental release measures
  • Section 7. Handling and storage
  • Section 8. Exposure controls/personal protection
  • Section 9. Physical and chemical properties
  • Section 10. Stability and reactivity
  • Section 11. Toxicological information
  • Section 12. Ecological information
  • Section 13. Disposal considerations
  • Section 14. Transport information
  • Section 15. Regulatory information
  • Section 16. Other information, including date of preparation or last revision

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a system developed to standardise the classification and labelling of chemicals worldwide. GHS allows an internationally recognised method for the identification and communication of the hazards associated in transporting and supplying chemicals across the world.

In Europe, GHS is implemented via Classification, Labelling and packaging (CLP) Regulation (EC) 1272/2008. The Safety Data Sheet follows 16-point GHS format and must be in the language of the Member State.

In the USA manufacturers, distributors and importers of cosmetic ingredients and chemicals are required to comply with GHS in the workplace through Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s Hazard Communication Standard (OSHA). Requiring the completion of a standard 16-point GHS SDS.

For more information about how we can support you with Safety Data Sheets or Poison Centre Notifications, please contact us.