Communicable vs. Non-Communicable Diseases

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Keep SDSs in a binder that is easy to find.

The HCS 2012 requires new SDSs to be in a uniform format, and include the section numbers, the headings, and associated information under the headings below:

Section 1: Identification – This section identifies the chemical on the SDS as well as the recommended uses. It also provides the essential contact information of the supplier. The required information consists of:

  • Product identifier used on the label and any other common names or synonyms by which the substance is known.
  • Name, address, phone number of the manufacturer, importer, or other responsible party, and emergency phone number.
  • Recommended use of the chemical (e.g., a brief description of what it actually does, such as flame retardant) and any restrictions on use (including recommendations given by the supplier).

Section 2: Hazard(s) Identification – This section identifies the hazards of the chemical presented on the SDS and the appropriate warning information associated with those hazards. The required information consists of:

  • hazard classification of the chemical (e.g., flammable liquid, category 1)
  • signal word, pictograms
  • hazard statement(s), precautionary statement(s)
  • description of any hazards not otherwise classified

Section 3: Composition/Information on Ingredients – This section identifies the ingredient(s) contained in the product indicated on the SDS, including impurities and stabilizing additives. This section includes information on substances, mixtures, and all chemicals where a trade secret is claimed. The required information consists of:

  • Substances – Chemical name; Common name and synonyms; Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number and other unique identifiers; Impurities and stabilizing additives, which are themselves classified and which contribute to the classification of the chemical.
  • Mixtures – Same information required for substances; chemical name and concentration (i.e., exact percentage) of all ingredients which are classified as health hazards and are present above their cut-off/concentration limits or a health risk below the cut-off/concentration limits. The concentration (exact percentages) of each ingredient.
  • Chemicals where a trade secret is claimed – A statement that the specific chemical identity and/or exact percentage (concentration) of composition has been withheld as a trade secret is required.

Section 4: First-Aid Measures – This section describes the initial care that should be given by untrained responders to an individual who has been exposed to the chemical. The required information consists of:

  • necessary first-aid instructions by relevant routes of exposure (inhalation, skin and eye contact, and ingestion)
  • description of the most important symptoms or effects, and any symptoms that are acute or delayed
  • recommendations for immediate medical care and special treatment needed, when necessary