The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires chemical manufacturers, distributors, or importers to provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDSs) to communicate the hazards of hazardous chemical products.
As of June 1, 2015, the HCS will require new SDSs to be in a uniform format, and include the section numbers, the headings, and associated information under the headings below: Section 1, Identification includes product identifier; manufacturer or distributor name, address, phone number; emergency phone number; recommended use; restrictions on use.
Section 6, Accidental release measures lists emergency procedures; protective equipment; proper methods of containment and cleanup.
Section 7, Handling and storage lists precautions for safe handling and storage, including incompatibilities.
While much is known with the federal legislation updates, legislative updates for each provincial or territorial jurisdiction may affect some of the information in this document. "In force" means that suppliers may begin to use and follow the new requirements for labels and safety data sheets (SDSs) for hazardous products sold, distributed, or imported into Canada.
The classification, label and (material) SDS must comply fully with the specific regulation chosen by the supplier, and not be a combination of the two.Section 2, Hazard(s) identification includes all hazards regarding the chemical; required label elements.Section 3, Composition/information on ingredients includes information on chemical ingredients; trade secret claims.This includes ingredients concentration, hazard ratings and spill exposure overview (SEO) depending on choosen indexing data level.A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is required under the U. The MSDS is a detailed informational document prepared by the manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical.