Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Who is Authoring Your SDS? – Dare to Compare

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.

  1. How many SDS have they authored?
  2. Do they understand the rules/regulations if the authoring is done manually?
  3. Can they verify the accuracy of the data if using authoring software?
  4. How long have they been authoring SDSs?
  5. Is there a team of qualified peers to contact if necessary?
  6. What process/procedure is in place to guarantee non-disclosure and safeguard any confidential business information (i.e., formulations)?
  7. Are they using authoring software?
  8. Can the SDS be integrated into a user-friendly multi-location labeling system?
  9. What type of training do they have in place for SDS authors?
  10. How many ingredients are present in their library/database?
  11. What associations do they belong to and/or are active in?
  12. How many Continue Reading…
RDC Affiliate / DRC Affiliate
Responsible Distribution Canada

Responsible Distribution Canada, or RDC (formerly Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors (CACD)), was incorporated in 1987. It acts as the voice for companies involved in the chemical supply chain to champion for health, safety, and sustainability. To date its mission continues to be sustaining a leadership role as the trusted, largest, credible, and comprehensive Canadian source on Responsible Distribution® (RD) and education in the chemical industry. In support of its mission RDC drafted by-laws, implemented the RD Code of Practice, a verification process, and recorded/tracked incidents for its Indices of Performance among others. Over the years RDC has shaped and bolstered its future through modifications and modernization of the RD Code of Practice, which includes such things as quality standards, risk analysis, and stewardship.

What is responsible distribution®? »

When Health Canada first passed the WHMIS 1988 legislation, ICC was able to provide support to members of CACD – both large and small. This was a major undertaking for chemical distributors and blenders who enlisted the help and support of ICC in authoring their first (material) safety data sheets. Since then we have been creating the required label text for labels used on drums and totes through our in-house graphic designers, printing, and manufacturing capabilities. With demand for these services increasing ICC staff worked long and hard, and that has proved worthwhile as many of the distributors have Continue Reading…

December 1, 2015 – HazCom 2012 Effective Completion Date

December 1, 2015 is an important date. You should know why by now!

Dates are important to everyone – especially during holidays when people take time off, relax, and enjoy company. December 1, 2015 is definitely an important date – to those in the hazardous materials industry – but, there won’t be any time off, relaxation, or holiday to celebrate. Rather, today is the effective completion date for compliance with all modified provisions of the Hazcom 2012 final rule: distributors shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless it is a Hazcom 2012 label.

Sounds simple enough, right? Just put a Hazcom 2012 label on containers and you’re done. On the surface it sounds simple; however, it is anything but that. This affects chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers. If labeling is not part of the normal procedures then making sure the proper Hazcom 2012 label is used can be a daunting task.

Chemical distributors who package product (i.e., drums, totes) will need safety data sheets (SDSs) and labels updated. Otherwise, they cannot ship product as of December 1, 2015. Chemical distributors who distribute only (i.e., warehouse chemicals and distribute in the containers they came in) will need to find a way to re-label product before shipping or risk penalties if the labels are not updated. Industrial supply companies selling products such as cleaning agents, Continue Reading…