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CCOHS creates poster to help ease transition from MSDS to new Safety Data Sheet

Hamilton, ON -- With the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) on the horizon, suppliers are getting ready to transition from an ANSI MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) format to the GHS SDS (Safety Data...


Hamilton, ON — With the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) on the horizon, suppliers are getting ready to transition from an ANSI MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) format to the GHS SDS (Safety Data Sheet) format. This transition will not be as simple as dropping the ‘M’.

To help you prepare for these changes, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Healthy and Safety (CCOHS) has produced a reference poster, MSDS -> SDS: Not Just Dropping the ‘M’, that provides a visual overview of what an MSDS will look like after its transition to a GHS SDS.

The poster is designed as a reference tool to help educate, train, and inform chemical manufacturers and suppliers, and employers and employees of industries where chemical products are used.

CCOHS has evaluated how the ANSI Z400.1-2004 MSDS data fields can be transitioned into an SDS, considering: what’s in, what’s out, what’s new, what’s moving, what is being renamed, and what is staying the same. This poster will help you prepare for these changes by graphically presenting the results of this analysis, and highlighting some key tips about how to successfully manage your transition from MSDS to SDS.

The information provided in this poster should not be regarded as final or unchangeable, since the final regulatory changes are not yet known as of press time (July 7, 2011). To find out more about the CCOHS poster, visit http://www.ccohs.ca/products/posters/msds/.