Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Safety Data Sheets (SDS or MSDS) are standardised documents containing important information on the properties of a particular substance. It provides procedures for handling or working with chemicals in a safe manner, and includes information about toxicity, health effects, first aid, physical data, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill-handling procedures.

Always READ the SDS before starting work with a new or unfamiliar chemical!

Printed copies of Safety Data Sheets (SDS / MSDS) for all chemicals found in a laboratory must be present in Uni Sars Centre in Norwegian versions, important information must be in a language everyone understands.

Reading Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

REACH is the European Union’s Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force in Norway in 2008. Old labelling regulations (Dangerous Substances Directive 67/548/EEC)) are currently being replaced by CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging of chemicals), which is the EU implementation of GHS (Globally Harmonized System for chemicals). The labelling transition period will continue to June 2015. See Annex 13 for more information about CLP labelling.

Consequences for users:

Hazard statements:

Hazard statements describe physical, health, and environmental hazards. They are codified by one letter, “H” (earlier “R”) followed by 3 numbers: The 1st designates the type of hazard, the 2nd and 3rd indicate hazards arising from intrinsic properties of the substance. The prefix “EUH” is also used for some classifications that do not translate well into the new system.

Precautionary statements:

Precautionary statements descibe prevention, response, storage, and disposal information. They are codified by the letter, “P” (earlier “S”) followed by 3 numbers, in a system structured similarly to the hazard statements.

See Annex 13 for more information about CLP labelling.