Safety Data Sheet (SDS) management is a major concern for cosmetic product development
Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) – formerly MSDSs or Material Safety Data Sheets – gather information on potential health hazards related to the exposure to chemical products or other potentially dangerous substances.
The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) specifies the composition of a chemical, identifies hazards, and recommends preventive and first-aid measures. It must be provided with the product upon delivery. For each hazardous chemical handled or used, employers must ensure that the SDSs are up-to-date and accessible to employees and downstream users.
The company is also accountable for the translation of those Safety Data Sheets in any required language to ensure a good understanding by all employees concerned. Thus, chemical manufacturers must provide the Safety Data Sheets of all raw materials linked to hazardous finished products.
Safety Data Sheet management involves a significant number of information and data that need to be identified, gathered, organized, tracked, and updated, which also relies on various stakeholders, both internal and external. If a business fails to provide, at any time, the required SDSs in compliance with the REACH regulation in Europe, or regulations set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the United States of America, it can face important financial impacts: product withdrawal, fines, legal procedures, etc.
Without an efficient data and document management solution, meeting SDSs requirements becomes a dangerous challenging.