Leverage SDS Content and Data to Drive Compliance

March 08, 2016

Companies that manufacture, use, store or transport chemicals, need to comply with occupational safety and health regulations requiring employers to make Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) available. They must also make sure that SDSs are always up-to-date. An SDS provides workers and emergency personnel with procedures for safely handling or working with chemicals. It includes information such as physical data, toxicity, health effects, first aid, storage, disposal, protective equipment, spill-handling procedures, etc. In addition, chemical manufacturers and distributors must create compliant SDSs for the products they place on the market, and in the correct language.

Complying with product and chemicals regulations is a heavy burden. Chemicals have been regulated for a long time. Also, two additional factors increase complexity: 1) regional (EU) and national regulations mean that anytime a company exports to a new market or opens a facility in a new country, its regulatory burden is increased, and 2) complex supply chains mean that compliance can be affected by chemicals provided by actors in the supply chain over which a company may not have full visibility.

Yet it is possible for companies to ease the burden of compliance by leveraging SDS data. Many people view SDSs as documents that need to be stored and made readily available and accessible to workers and customers, to ensure the safe use of chemicals. But the real value of the SDS is in the data that it contains. Unlocking that data helps to leverage SDS content to drive EHS and product compliance. Here are a few scenarios where SDS data is used to help comply with regulations:

  • Use of classifications and compositions of individual chemical ingredients to determine whether mixtures are compliant with regulations of a specific market.
  • Use of handling and storage information, toxicological data and exposure controls/personal protection information to comply with workplace safety and health regulations.
  • Use of ecological information and disposal considerations to comply with environmental and hazardous waste regulations.

To leverage SDS data for compliance in a cost-effective, automated and accurate way, it is important to extract the data and have it in a central integrated platform used for many domains (Product Stewardship and Compliance, Industrial Hygiene, Job Safety Analysis, Incident Management, Environmental Management, Waste Management, etc.).

But how is all of this achieved? There is a long path from the point when an SDS is requested from a supplier, to the point when data from the SDS is extracted and fed directly in an enterprise platform for EHS, Risk and Sustainability. What are the challenges and the best practices to overcome them?

These questions, and many more, will be addressed during an exclusive and complimentary webinar on March 24 at 8am PT / 11am ET / 15:00 UK time / 16:00 Central European Time. Enablon’s Director of Sales EMEA, Pam Bobbitt, and 3E Company’s Product Manager, Dan Ko, will provide insight into the challenges and best practices in maintaining a compliant and efficient SDS and product data management strategy. During the “Best Practices in SDS and Product Data Management” webinar, you will learn about:

  • Challenges in SDS and Product Data Management
  • Best Practices to Drive Compliance and Product Data Accuracy
  • Benefits of a Central Integrated Platform
  • Enablon/3E Company Solution Overview

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