SDS sheets, or safety data sheets, are important safety documents that outline the potential hazards associated with using a product, as well as the necessary safety precautions to be taken. By becoming familiar with the information on an SDS sheet, you can work safely and avoid possible accidents.
What information is on an SDS sheet?
A sds sheet shows the chemical composition of the product that will be used. A sds sheets also contain the required personal protective equipment and the transport and disposal requirements. It is therefore mandatory to enclose the sds sheets in the official language of the country where the product is marketed. The sds sheets must also meet the most important requirements from the REACH regulation.
How long should you keep a sds sheet?
Any manufacturer, importer, downstream user or distributor is required to keep all information for at least approximately 10 years in order to comply with REACH obligations.
Suppliers of substances or mixtures are also obliged to keep all information for at least 10 years after the last delivery.
The retention period is not laid down by law, but it is very sensible to keep it from the point of view of obligation.
Make sure you don’t immediately throw away the older sds sheets, but keep them in the archive.