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Dr. Birgit Rahm
Principal Consultant – Datachem LTD
PO Box 51768, Pakuranga, 2140

(P16, Wednesday 26, Civic Room 3, 2.00)

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  • 1. Coping with SDS’s Prepared for the OHSIG Conference 2011 Dr. Birgit Rahm Datachem LTD
  • 2. Coping with SDS’sSDS’s and compliance with HSNO Legal Requirements & Responsibilities NZ requirements International SDS’s Writing your own SDSs
  • 3. Legal requirement (HSNO) - Level 2 documentation requirementSuppliers of Hazardous Substances • Obligated to provide SUPPLIERS HSNO compliant SDS’s.Users of Hazardous Substances • Need information – SDS • Know the hazards PERSON in CHARGE • Safe use/PPE/Exposure control • Safe storage • Safe disposal. • etc
  • 4. Purpose of a Safety Data Sheet - Safety for users and the environment• A SDS is an important part of the responsibility of an employer to ensure a safe working environment• SDS provides information on safe use and emergency management of a substance.• Must be available in 10 Minutes.
  • 5. Responsibility as a Supplier ofHazardous SubstancesRegulations: HSNOHazardous Substances (Identification) Regulations 2001Hazardous Substances (Emergency Management)Regulations 2001Hazardous Substances (Disposal) Regulations 2001 HSEHealth and Safety in Employment Act 1992How to?Code of Practice – NZCIC16 Header SDSComply with Group Standards
  • 6. Who has the responsibility?From Group standard:In each place of work where the substance ismanufactured, stored or used, the person in chargeof the place must ensure that every person handlingthe substance has access to a safety data sheet ofthat substance
  • 7. Trigger Quantities for Level 2 Regulations and/or Group Standards.Regulations: Schedule 2 Quantities requiring Level 2 documentation- eg; 3.1B Flammable substance: 1.0L
  • 8. How do I know if the SDS is NZ compliant? Checklist: • 16 headers • NZ contact details & Emergency Tel# • Group standard or HSNO approval number • HSNO Classes • Hazard & Precautionary statements • Regulatory Information (section 15) • Not older than 5 years.
  • 9. Checklist:Important:• Ingredient information• Comprehensive First Aid Information,• Emergency response information,• PPE and WES information,• Tox and Ecotox information,• Transport information
  • 10. USERS of Hazardous SubstancesKeeping up to date with SDS’sFIRST STEPS:• Inventory – what chemicals do we have on site?• SDS’s - For all hazardous chemicals on site?• Are the SDS’s readily accessible?• Are they current NZ compliant SDS’s?
  • 11. Coping with SDS’sBuilding up the SDS libraryDon’t have NZ compliant SDS?Ask supplier for a NZ compliant SDS.Considerations:• Don’t use that chemical• Change supplier• Prepare your own SDS and compliance record• Use SDS/SDS authoring service• Can I group my SDS – generic SDS’s
  • 12. Suppliers of Hazardous SubstancesSDS’s from other countries are not acceptable.
  • 13. Example of Australian SDS:
  • 14. Example from NZ SDS’s
  • 15. Example of Australian SDS:
  • 16. Example of NZ SDS’s (same substance)
  • 17. Example of an US SDS
  • 18. NZ version of same SDS
  • 19. Suppliers of Hazardous SubstancesSDS’s from other countries are not acceptable.NZ information must be added to SDS.NZ contact details and Emergency tel noHSNO classification –see Compliance RecordHazard and Precautionary statementsRelevant controls
  • 20. Compliance Recordsrecord of how HSNO classification has beenassigned (calculations)must be available for inspection if requestedby a HSNO enforcement officer.include HSNO approval (approvalnumber, group standard)
  • 21. Preparing your own SDSFirst stepsCollect information • International SDS available? • Full Formulation available? • Physical data (flashpoint, appearance etc) • Specific risks and hazards of the substance
  • 22. Preparing your own SDSAssign HSNO Classification • Information on each ingredient • Assign a group standard. • Compliance record
  • 23. Preparing your own SDSFurther Information • Workplace Exposure standards • PPE • Spill procedures • HAZCHEM code • Disposal • Transport Information
  • 24. Considerations• Grouping your substances• What happens to two pack substances?• Combining International & NZ information• Safety information (Safety Cards)
  • 25. Coping with SDS’s• Finally remember • A SDS is a living document and must be reviewed at least every 5 years or when new information comes to hand. • The requirement is NOW and • There are no exemptions (cf Labels)
  • 26. Thank you for your attention! www.datachem.co.nz