Authoring safety data sheets (SDS) is a technical job and requires a thorough understanding of various regulations depending on the destination country. Companies may promote themselves as experts, but how can you be sure?
Some companies may contract SDS work out unbeknownst to you and act as the middle-person. This in turn can lead to delayed responses as they try to understand/interpret your questions and/or get in touch with the contractor.
An SDS is a valuable and critical component of your dangerous goods product and deserves as much attention as the finished product itself. When looking for an SDS authoring company ask them questions such as the following to be sure you are selecting the right one.
- How many SDS have they authored?
- Do they understand the rules/regulations if the authoring is done manually?
- Can they verify the accuracy of the data if using authoring software?
- How long have they been authoring SDSs?
- Is there a team of qualified peers to contact if necessary?
- What process/procedure is in place to guarantee non-disclosure and safeguard any confidential business information (i.e., formulations)?
- Are they using authoring software?
- Can the SDS be integrated into a user-friendly multi-location labeling system?
- What type of training do they have in place for SDS authors?
- How many ingredients are present in their library/database?
- What associations do they belong to and/or are active in?
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