The science behind the (extended) safety data sheet

This two-day training course, Understanding the Content of SDSs/eSDSs, is for those who need to prepare or evaluate safety data sheets (SDSs) for mixtures using data from incoming (extended) SDSs or from other sources of information.

Supplier SDSs may not always give all the information needed and, in all cases, it is necessary to interpret all available information as efficiently and as effectively as possible.

Even where supplier SDSs are reliable, the act of mixing substances with different properties will lead to questions over the suitability of exposure reduction methods (such as glove types) and also raise questions for appropriate first aid or cleaning of spills.

Understanding the properties of ingredients and the nature of the mixtures prepared is key to minimising risk to users and in meeting regulatory compliance. 

Estimating properties and toxicity is a science in its own right and suitable methods will be explored in detail.

Over the two-day training course, you will learn about:

  • Evaluation of information from supplier SDSs;
  • The use of public databases to enhance confidence in supplier data;
  • Potential issues of interpreting mixture data for toxicology and ecological sections;
  • Classification and data estimation for mixtures;
  • Basic physicochemical data;
  • Risk management measures;
  • Regulatory requirements;
  • The relevance of substance DNELs, PNECs and their use in assessing mixtures;
  • Preparing exposure scenarios and estimates;
  • Manual estimates and use of models (such as EUSES, ECETOC, and Chesar);
  • Scaling factors and adapting information for specific sites and uses; and,
  • The expected outcome of the communication to recipients.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for those involved in receiving and preparing safety data sheets and need to undertake chemical safety assessment on substances and mixtures and communicate this information to recipients of chemicals within the context of product stewardship.

Those attending should have a broad understanding of chemical supply legislation, including REACH. An understanding of basic toxicology, ecotoxicology and physicochemical properties would also be advantageous.

  • Authors of safety data sheets (SDSs) throughout the supply chain
  • Those undertaking chemical safety assessments on mixtures
  • Product stewards
  • Regulatory affairs managers
  • Health and safety professionals
  • Workplace safety professionals
  • Product safety professionals

Throughout the SDS/eSDS training course, real-life case studies and set exercises will be used so you can put your new-found knowledge into practice.

Delegates are encouraged to bring their own example SDS/exposure scenarios which can be used during the course.

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