Chemical safety begins with the Safety Data Sheet (SDS). Gantrade makes these available to customers, prospective customers, and other interested parties. Basic safety information is summarized in sec. 2 with signal word, pictograms, and hazard (“H”) statements that provide rapid identification of the hazards (if any) posed by the material. Precautionary (“P”) statements given further information on to deal with the hazards, such as protective equipment that should be worn, conditions to avoid when handling the material, &c. These signal words, pictograms, and statements align with the international Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and are recognized around the world.
There are two signal words that can be used on an SDS:
The pictograms that can appear on an SDS are as follows:
There are dozens of H statements under GHS. These are often (but not always) shown on an SDS as Hxxx. The first digit after the H indicates the type of hazard:
Whether the particular H number is shown on the SDS, the hazard statement is standard around the world. For example, one may see either of these on an SDS:
The body of the SDS is divided into sixteen sections (note that US regulations do not require all sections to be complete):
In addition to the Safety Data Sheet, the product label includes a summary of the hazards posed by a material, including the signal word, pictogram, H statements, and P statements.
For certain types of chemicals that have particular hazards or storage requirements, Gantrade is happy to provide industry standard Safe Handling Guides. Please ask your salesperson.
Gantrade urges that its customers make themselves and their employees fully aware of any hazards associated with the materials they purchase, store and use and conduct regular and thorough training in hazard communication and hazardous material handling.