For whom is the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) intended? Why do we prepare it? Does it have to be prepared?
First, let’s have a look at what the guidelines say on this subject: SDS must provide comprehensive information on a substance or mixture for use in the regulatory framework of the workplace chemical management.
Information contained in the SDS enable the employer to:
- prepare an active programme of measures for the protection of workers, including training designed specifically for the individual workplace, and
- comply with all the measures required for environmental protection.
Employers (and workers or professional users) use it as a source of information on hazardous properties, including an environmental hazard, and for obtaining instructions on security measures.
Therefore, it is primarily intended for the employer. In this way, the employer can take safety measures for workers and train them. This enables them to properly and safely handle the hazardous chemical.
Therefore, employers are the key.
A safety engineer or any other person in the company is responsible for collecting the SDS, preparing instructions for safety at work and training employees with regard to handling the hazardous chemical.
Therefore, the SDS is an important document that must be prepared (and updated) if we want to prevent serious problems in the future.