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Key information about safety data sheet (SDS)

Ensure the safe and proper use of chemicals by using a mobile app for your safety data sheets.

What is the Safety Data Sheet?

A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) contains detailed information about properties, hazards and emergency actioc when handling a specific chemical. The United Nations requires a safety data sheet consisting of 16 sections dealing with information on all properties and safety measures of a chemical.

Table of contents:

1. The 16 sections of a safety data sheet template

2. A mobile tool for creating digital safety data sheets

The 16 sections of a safety data sheet template

A safety data sheet template can consist of up to 16 sections. Following is an informative list of each section with a brief explanation of its most relevant contents.

Identification (section 1)

This section of the safety data sheet is to identify the chemical and its recommended uses. It is also crucial to provide the necessary contact information of the supplier.

Hazards (Section 2)

In this section employees are informed about possible hazards when handling the specific chemical (flammable liquid, toxicity etc.). It also includes information on protective equipment and potential reactions in the event of unwanted exposure.

Composition (Section 3)

This section contains information about the ingredients of products, such as the chemical name, synonyms, exact concentration, mixtures etc.

First-Aid (Section 4)

This section of the safety data sheet describes first-aid instruction when exposed to a chemical through inhalation, skin and eye contact or ingestion. It describes common symptoms or effects and medical care and treatment.

Fire-Fighting (Section 5)

This section deals with the recommendations for fighting a fire caused by a specific chemical and suitable extinguishing equipment and measures.

Accidental Release (Section 6)

This section of the safety data sheet provides information on appropriate personal precautions, protective equipment to prevent contamination emergency procedures, cleaning procedures for decontamination, neutralization etc.

Correct Storage (Section 7)

This section gives details on the correct handling and storage of a chemical, including advice on handling incompatible substances.

Exposure (Section 8)

This section of the SDS template indicates exposure limits, personal protective measures, and engineering controls to minimize possible hazards.

Properties (Section 9)

This section gives details on all physical and chemical properties of a substance or mixture. It includes a variety of properties, such as: Appearance, Odor, pH, Melting/freezing point, Evaporation rate, Viscosity etc.

Reactivity and Stability (Section 10)

This section in the safety data sheet deals with the reactivity, stability and other conditions which should be considered when handling a chemical.

Toxicology (Section 11)

This section gives details on the toxicology of a substance or mixture, such as routes of exposure, numerical measures of toxicity, description of symptoms, and whether the chemical has been found to be a potential carcinogen.

Ecological Information (Section 12)

This section deals with environmental impacts of a chemical if it were released to the environment and data on tests performed in that regard.

Disposal (Section 13)

This section of the SDS template gives advice on the correct disposal, recycling or possible reclamation of a chemical and other special precautions.

Transport (Section 14)

In this section the correct transport of a specific chemical is explained, including classification information for shipping and potential hazards while transportation.

Regulatory Information (Section 15)

This section in the safety data sheet identifies other safety, health, and environmental specifications of the chemical, which have not been mentioned anywhere else on the Safety Data Sheet.

Additional Information (Section 16)

This section is for revisions or changes of the information. It should state any changes made to the SDS.

A mobile tool for creating digital safety data sheets

Lumiform makes it easier for you to comply with the ever-increasing legal requirements for process documentation by using the mobile app to document via smartphone or tablet and being guided by the system through all documentation processes. Clean, transparent documentation helps you avoid high fines. The easiest way to do this is with a digital solution like Lumiform.

Digitize your safety data sheets with Lumiform:

  • The flexible form builder from Lumiform helps you to convert any individual paper list into a digital safety data shet without much effort.
  • In addition, we offer ready-made SDS templates to help companies get started digitally in no time.
  • Using the super intuitive mobile app, you and your teammates conduct check in the field with ease and in no time.
  • All results, images and comments are automatically bundled in a digital report.
  • Comprehensive analyses help you to identify hazardous areas in your company more quickly and thus to continuously improve your processes.
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