The U.S.-based Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has launched a new Safety Data Sheet (SDS) template to help businesses easily obtain chemical information about their products.
Over 2012, a RILA working group of retailers like American Eagle Outfitters, The Home Depot and Wal-Mart, helped RILA create an SDS template that aligns with the 16-section format prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication (Haz Com) Standard which became effective in May, 2012.
The SDS, required by law, includes information such as the chemical’s transportation and storage requirements, disposal, first aid measures, and its stability and reactivity.
“The recent changes to the HazCom Standard provide an opportunity for the retail industry to upgrade requests for chemical information since chemical manufacturers must rewrite their SDSs based on the global harmonization criteria,” senior VP of retail operations for RILA, Lisa LaBruno, in a January 2013 statement to media. “Consistent retailer requests will enhance supply chain efficiency and communication regarding chemical information, as well as assist retailers in properly handling chemical products for the benefit of customers, workers, communities and the environment.”
3E Company also participated in the SDS working Group. The company’s VP of marketing, Jeffrey Starr, says retailers and manufacturers can more efficiently exchange chemical and product information.
3E notes that the new SDS template includes sections not mandated by HazCom 2012, since OSHA lacks jurisdiction in certain areas (for example, DOT, EPA, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act).
“We believe RILA’s SDS template will be extremely valuable to retailers and manufacturers alike, as they strive to achieve conformance, mitigate risk and enhance workplace safety,” Starr said in the public announcement for the SDS template. “We are proud to have provided our expertise during our collaboration with RILA and look forward to continuing to support this important association and its members in the future.”
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