Safety Data Sheets
Safety data sheets are the main tool for ensuring that manufacturers and importers communicate enough information along the supply chain to allow safe use of their substances and mixtures.
Safety data sheets include information about the properties of the substance, its hazards and instructions for handling, disposal and transport and also first-aid, fire-fighting and exposure control measures.
As a supplier, you need to provide a safety data sheet in the following cases:
- A substance (and from 1 June 2015 a mixture) classified as hazardous according to CLP.
- A mixture classified as dangerous according to the Dangerous Preparations Directive (until 1 June 2015).
- A substance that is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB), as defined in REACH (Annex XIII), or
- A substance is included in the candidate list of substances of very high concern.
Under certain conditions some mixtures, which do not meet the criteria for classification as dangerous or hazardous, also require a safety data sheet.
Certain situations require the update and re-issue of the safety data sheet:
- as soon as new hazard information or information that may affect the risk management measures becomes available
- once an authorisation under REACH has been granted or refused
- once a restriction under REACH has been imposed
Suppliers will provide updated safety data sheets for all the former recipients that they have supplied the substance or mixture to within the preceding 12 months, free of charge.