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Regulation (EU) 2015/830: New Format Requirements for EU Safety Data Sheets

By Little Pro on 2017-03-31 Views:  Update:2017-03-31

In EU, the format and content of SDSs was firstly set out in the Annex II of the REACH Regulation(Regulation (EU) 453/2010), which was later replaced by Regulation (EU) 2015/830. Safety data sheets which are compliant with the old regulation and which were provided to any recipient before 1 June 2015 can continue to be used and do not need to comply with new SDS format requirements set out in Regulation (EU) 2015/830 until 31 May 2017. However, any new SDSs compiled or updated after 1 June 2015 must conform to the new requirements. In this article, we will summarize the changes of new SDS format requirements so that you can quickly check if the SDSs you have prepared or received before are compliant or not.

New SDS Format Requirements in Regulation (EU) 2015/830

Section No. and Title Highlight of Changes
0.5 General Requirements Additional safety and environmental information required to address the needs of seafarers and other transport workers in the bulk transport of dangerous goods in seagoing or inland navigation bulk carriers or tank-vessels subject to International Maritime Organisation (IMO) or national regulations.
2.3.   Other hazards  The statement “May form explosible dust-air mixture if dispersed” shall be given here in the case of a dust explosion hazard.
11.1.   Information on toxicological effects The relevant hazard classes, for which information shall be provided, are:

(a)

acute toxicity;

(b)

skin corrosion/irritation;

(c)

serious eye damage/irritation;

(d)

respiratory or skin sensitisation;

(e)

germ cell mutagenicity;

(f)

carcinogenicity;

(g)

reproductive toxicity;

(h)

STOT-single exposure;

(i)

STOT-repeated exposure;

(j)

aspiration hazard.

These hazards shall always be listed on the safety data sheet for both substances and mixture. (added in Regulation (EU) 2015/830).
12 Ecological Information Additionally, if a substance or mixture is not classified for other reasons (for example, due to the technical impossibility of obtaining the data or to inconclusive data) this should be clearly stated on the safety data sheet. (added in Regulation (EU) 2015/830).
Other changes Update of quoted regulatory references in section 8.1 (control parameters), section 14.7 (Transport in bulk according to the MARPOL and the IBC Code) and section 15 (Regulatory information).

Note: all changes above are minor. All 16-section headings and sub-headings remain unchanged. It is highly likely that the SDSs prepared according to the old Regulation (EU) 453/2010 are still compliant with Regulation (EU) 2015/830. If your product has been classified as explosive dusts or your mixture SDS has not stated all toxicological effects, you will mostly likely need to update your SDSs.

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