Safety data sheets
Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and extended Safety Data Sheets (eSDS)
The safety data sheet is an important communication tool to provide information on the hazards and risks of substances and mixtures. The GHS (Globally Harmonized System) has put together a global standard for the structure of the safety data sheet. This means that it is now possible to compile and disseminate safety data sheets that have the same structure all over the world. The content is still defined by regional or national legislation. Fortunately, the regional or national legislators today use the possibility of applying the GHS (Globally Harrmonized System) for the classification and labelling either in full or in part. This represents an important step forward for the safe trade in chemical products worldwide in compliance with the laws and regulations.
In Europe, the safety data sheet that usually describes the potential hazards when handling chemical substances is extended to include a description and control of risks (eSDS).