Safety Data Sheet - FAQ
Safety Data Sheet - FAQ

Frequently asked questions about safety data sheets

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1. What is a Safety Data Sheet?Safety data sheets provide important information about the properties of the respective product, such as potential hazards and protective measures during usage (see question 4).

2. When has a safety data sheet be made available?At the latest at the time of the first delivery, a safety data sheet in accordance with Annex II of the REACH Regulation must be provided free of charge to the industrial or professional user of a hazardous substance or mixture.

3. For which substances and mixtures is a safety data sheet required?A safety data sheet is required,
  • if the substance or mixture meets the criteria for classification as dangerous according to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (CLP).

  • if the substance is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic or very persistent and very bioaccumulative according to the criteria of Annex XIII

  • if the substance is included in the list established in accordance with Article 59(1) for other reasons

4. What has to be included into the Safety Data Sheet?A safety data sheet must be dated and contain the following items:
1. Designation of the substance or mixture and company name
2. Possible dangers
3. Composition/Information on ingredients
4. First aid measures
5. Fire fighting measures
6. Accidental release measures
7. Handling and storage
8. Exposure controls/personal protective equipment
9. Physical and chemical characteristics
10. Stability and reactivity
11. Toxicological data
12. Environmental information
13. Notes on disposal
14. Transport details
15. Legislation
16. Other information
Basic regulations for the preparation of EU safety data sheets can be found in in Regulations (EC) 1907/2006 under Article 31 and (EC) 2015/830, as well as the latest Regulation (EU) 2020/878.

5. What does a Safety Data sheet cost?The safety data sheet must be provided free of charge by the distributor/supplier to the industrial or professional user of the substance or preparation. The cost of preparing a safety data sheet may vary depending on the country of destination (country where the product is placed on the market).

6. Who hast to create a Safety Data Sheet?The person placing a product on the market is responsible for ensuring that the safety data sheet is technically correct and completed in full.

7. How old should SDS be? A safety data sheet must be updated at:

1. Changes to the harmonized classification of the constituents of a mixture:
Changes to the classification and labeling of substances in Annex VI of the CLP Regulation must be adopted after a transition period of normally eighteen months after their publication in the Official Journal of the EU.
2. Changes to the classification in the supplier's safety data sheet:
If your supplier has changed the classification of a substance or mixture you use or import, you must reassess the classification of the mixture.
3. Changes to the mixture:
When a change is made to a mixture, a new evaluation must be performed.
4. New information on substances:
A reassessment must also be performed as soon as new information that may have an impact on risk management measures or new information on hazards becomes available.
5. Changes to the criteria:
A change in the classification of a mixture may also result from changes in legislation. Amendments to the CLP criteria must be adopted after a transition period of normally eighteen months after their publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Chemiebüro ® recommends having the safety data sheet validated after 18 months at the latest.

8. In which language must the safety data sheet be?The safety data sheet must be written in the official language of the respective country in which the substance, or preparation is placed on the market. This applies in the event that the countries concerned have not made other specifications.