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Today's post is related to one of the most common questions I get:

“How can I quickly check if SDSs we get are any good?”

To be honest, for more years I care to admit we have tried to determine what makes a good SDS. Not based on my opinion, but on all the available research, feedback from clients, authorities and good old testing.

So, here's a checklist on what we learned you must look for if you want your SDSs to pass inspections, save time and avoid public embarrassment:

  1. Does the SDS contain information on purpose of use?
  2. What is the emergency response number?
  3. Does the SDS contain the correct classification of mixture (based on information for each substance in the mixture)?
  4. Does the SDS contain correct precautionary statements (P statements)?
  5. Does the SDS contain information on storage classes, as set by national legislation?
  6. Does the SDS contain information on occupational exposure limit values, as set by national legislation?
  7. Does the SDS contain information on biological limit values of each substance?
  8. Does the SDS contain information on personal protective equipment, as set by national legislation?
  9. Is determination of UN number correct – according to hazard type?
  10. Does the SDS contain information on national legislation requirements, on which the creation of this particular SDS is based?

You may find using this checklist a bit of bore. But a lot less boring than SDSs that stop you from selling, getting a fine or embarrass you in front of business partners.

Because if you want to sell, you'll find that some, perhaps many of your safety data sheets miss one or more of the points above. And if you look out for them, I promise you will improve your results – perhaps so much it will surprise you.

But if you don't have the time needed than maybe we can help.

You'll see that when you focus on the things that matter most and outsource the rest, you save time, make more money, and have a happier and more enjoyable life.

Let me know, if you could use more time. We can definitely help.

Information on this blog is prepared with utmost care, but it is not about (chemical) consulting, and the provider does not assume any responsibility or liability for the correctness, accuracy and up-to-dateness of published content. If you need advice for a specific case, you can write to us at
SDS | January 21, 2019

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