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Safety Data Sheets (SDS) information

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are the most significant technical safety document for information on chemicals and mixtures thereof, which contain all necessary information for safety, chemical-physical properties, Toxicological and environmental requirements for the correct use and preservation of substances and mixtures, allow:

  1. The employer to determine whether dangerous chemicals are being manipulated at the workplace and therefore to assess any risk to the health and safety of workers arising from their use (elaboration and drafting of DVR Legislative Decree 81/08)
  2. Users to take the necessary measures on the protection of health, the environment and workplace safety.

The provisions for the drafting of safety sheets for chemical products are present in Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH Regulation) and subsequent amendments to the annex II to reach Regulation (regulation 453/2010).

The processing of the safety data sheet shall be compulsory for substances and mixtures classified as dangerous respectively on the basis of the criteria laid down in Directive 67/548/EEC and Directive 1999/45/EC or on the basis of new criteria laid down in Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 (CLP Regulation), also in the following cases:

  1. Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and very persistent and very bioaccumulable (VPVB) substances in accordance with the criteria set out in annex XIII
  2. Substances included in the list of those which may be candidates for authorisation, prepared by art. 59 of the Reach regulation
  3. At the request of the professional user, for preparations not classified but containing (in individual concentrations equal to or greater than 1% by weight for solid and liquid preparations or at 0.2% by volume for gaseous preparations) hazardous substances, or with of occupational exposure limit or still falling in the above cases.

Database of models of safety data sheets of chemicals

The Ministry of Health provides a database of models of safety data sheets (SDS), chosen mainly from those officially classified by the European Union and contained in annex VI to regulation 1272/2008.

The safety data sheet represents an indispensable communication tool in the supply chain of the substances. The Ministry of Health has prepared the database which, with its monthly updates, will allow to standardize and elevate the quality of the information contained, and provide at the same time a useful point of reference for the organs predisposed to the activities of Watch.

These models of safety data sheets may be used, modified and supplemented by all those who have the obligation to draw up SDS of substances, as well as from those who are obliged to draw up SDS of mixtures within the meaning of article 31 of regulation Reach.

Enter the database.

New European notification-UFI-:

On March 22, 2017 was published on Reg. (EU) 2017/542 amending Reg. (EU) 1272/2008 (CLP) and constituting annex VIII thereto.

This annex introduces in Europe a very important novelty in terms of notification of hazardous mixtures as it enshrines the activity of harmonising information to be communicated to the competent bodies within the meaning of article 45 of the CLP.

Annex VIII gave rise to the harmonization of the information to be communicated to the competent bodies at the time of the notification of the mixtures.

Among this information that must be communicated, one of the most important is the UFI (unique formula identifier) code, which will have strong impacts on the labelling and safety data sheets of the products entered On the market.

The UFI code is a code that will help poison control centers to identify mixes quickly and unequivocally.

Companies that need to generate UFI codes must use the instrument provided by the European Chemicals Agency. It is available in all the languages of the Union and can be found by clicking here.

The obligation to adapt to the new system of notifications starts from:

  • 1st January 2020 for products intended for consumption;
  • 1st January 2021 for products intended for professional use;
  • 1st January 2022 for products intended for industrial use.

For mixtures that have already been notified the regulation allows companies to adjust by 2025.

Exposure Scenarios:

The exposure Scenario (ES) is a set of permitted uses and operating conditions for the substance in which, or contained in a mixture, which must be respected by the user for a particular activity carried out: in fact, such scenarios should be Annexes to the extended Safety data sheets (ESDS) or integrated in the card itself and subsequently supplied to the Cetena actor of supply together with the substance.

In addition, the user of the substance must verify that its use is compliant (and safe) with respect to what is indicated in the exposure Scenario considering its operating conditions (scaling). The verification of conformity to the exposure Scenario is an integral part of the evaluation of the chemical risk and the evaluation of the carcinogenic/mutagenic risk according to D. Lgs. 81/2008.

Packages containing dangerous goods must be reported in a legible and indelible manner:

    • The identification number of the goods preceded by the letters "UN", with the following dimensions:
      of the neck
      Minimum size UN number and letters "UN" on the neck
      Up to 5 liters or 5 kg Adapted to the size of the neck
      From 5 to 30 litres/kg 6 mm
      Over 30 liters or 30 kg 12 mm
  • A square-shaped label placed on a tip of at least 10 cm of the side, proper to the ADR class to which the hazardous matter belongs.
  • In addition to the above-mentioned label linked to the class and the general nature of the hazard, other labels must also be affixed when the substance presents secondary hazards compared to the main one of the class of origin.
  • Where relevant the dangerous mark for the environment (fish and tree drawn in a diamond of 10 x 10 cm side);
  • Where relevant the marks "orientation arrows" (arrows pointing up) on two opposing side faces.

The flash point (flashpoint):

The flashpoint (Flash point) is one of several physico-chemical properties that can be considered in the evaluation for transport and hazard purposes, and in the compilation of the safety data sheets of a material.
According to the IMDG Code (Sea transport) and the ADR, Class 3 (flammable liquids) includes those products which can give flammable vapors under 60 °c for the closed vessel test (or 65.6 °c in open pot).
The flashpoint is an important property because it is the lowest temperature at which a sufficient quantity of steam is produced to form a mixture with the air on the surface of the substance and which can catch fire in the presence of an external source of Ignition. The above situation is reproduced under controlled conditions in the laboratory: in these test conditions the sample is placed in special equipment equipped with a closed container (closed vessel) or open (open vessel).
The determination of the Flash Point in closed pot is done through the Pensky-Martens device in which the sample to be examined is inside a cup closed by a perforated lid and a shutter. The material (E. G. Rejection) is heated with precise and constant increments: as the temperature increases, the material will emit gases that mix with the air present in the Cup. The shutter is opened at predetermined intervals and a small trigger is directed towards the hole: the operation is repeated until a short flash is obtained. The temperature at which the flashing occurs (Flash point), corrected for the barometric pressure measured at the time of the analysis, is the flashpoint of the material.

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