Hazardous Chemicals & the GHS: Safety Data Sheets

November 28, 2019

Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) can provide a huge amount of valuable information, but on their own, don't outline how to safely use a chemical in your workplace.   Whilst an SDS outlines a range of chemical properties and general safety information, the generic information documented in an SDS is just that, generic. Too often organisations rely on this generic instruction to guide workers on safe chemical handling techniques. Certainly, reviewing information within an SDS is essential, but on its own the information provides limited value as the manufacturer, supplier or importer hasn't considered what you plan on using the chemical for or how you plan on using it, two key factors in deciding control measures. Information like Hazard Statements can only tell you what is harmful (eg. Harmful in contact with skin), but not how to prevent contact with skin beyond generic suggestions for PPE (eg. gloves).

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Founded in 1888, Rochester Midland Corporation is a leading supplier in North America of industrial cleaners, restroom care programs, food safety chemicals, water treatment programs and personal care products. Rochester Midland is the leader in Green Housekeeping utilizing third party certified, biobased cleaning products, along with education and training programs for workers and building occupants. Rochester Midland has other manufacturing locations in Illinois, California, Canada, and Wales. RMC has distributors in over 50 countries throughout the world. Rochester Midland is committed to developing sustainable solutions for health, productivity and the environment.

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