Summary of task 1.4 - Safety data sheet (SDS) delivery formats – 5PM

Main research activities were focused in gathering information concerning with SDS: 1) Phrase Libraries availability and characteristics; 2) Risk and Safety sentences; 3) CLP (Hazard & Precautionary sentences); 4) Transport Codes; 5) Waste Handling Codes; 6) Substance database (Product Inventory).

1) Phrase Libraries availability and characteristics - The criteria for Supplier Selection of the safety datasheets were the number of languages, number of available phrases, the quality certification of the translation, the phrases delivery format, the frequency of the updates, the coverage of CLP – Classification, Labelling and Packaging regulation, the chemical substances database and relating information and the price. Kind of suppliers searched were translation services companies and companies delivering SDS authoring software. A survey on phrase library suppliers was conducted.  27 providers were contacted and 4 were selected for an in depth analysis. At the end 3 finalists were selected:


2) Risk and Safety sentences - The Directive 2001/59EC provides all the different Risk and Safety Phrases in 11 languages. The Annex III of the Directive, with the description of the Risk and Safety Phrases, starts from page 85. The same suppliers we contacted for the sentence libraries confirmed that these sentences are included in their library.

3) CLP (Hazard & Precautionary sentences) - The activity include:

  • the place where Hazard and Precaution Sentences are presented in the Legislation;
  • the regulatory framework, that can underpin the automatic classification of dangerous substances;

in order to consider how to implement these information in ChemXchange System.

4) Transport Codes - The Section 14 of Safety Data Sheets regards with Transport Information. It indicates any special precautions which a user needs to be aware of, or needs to comply with, in connection with transport or conveyance either within or outside his premises. Where relevant, it provides information on the transport classification for each of the modal regulations:

  • IMDG (sea),
  • ADR (road, Council Directive 94/55/EC(9)),
  • RID (rail, Council Directive 96/49/EC(10)),
  • ICAO/IATA (air).

5) Waste Handling Codes - The activity include proving information about waste handling codes, in order to include them into ChemXchange System. The section begins with a Legislative Background and continues with the definition of the structure of the Catalogue, where the codes are contained. The objective should be the creation of a Multilanguage list, taking advantage of the free available information, presented in several European languages.

6) Substance database (Product Inventory) - The activity of this section is to pinpoint useful information on substance database, in order to provide ChemXchange with a product inventory.

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