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What is an SDS?

A safety data sheet (SDS), or formerly referred to as material safety data sheet (MSDS), or product safety data sheet is a document that lists information relating to occupational safety and health for the use of various substances and products.

Is an electronic SDS Database OSHA Compliant?

The short answer is yes; however, there are conditions that must be met. Please read full article here.

What does an SDS include?

According to OSHA, the SDS includes information such as the properties of each chemical; the physical, health, and environmental health hazards; protective measures; and safety precautions for handling, storing, and transporting the chemical.

Are safety data sheets a legal requirement?

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) (29 CFR 1910.1200(g)), revised in 2012, requires that the chemical manufacturer, distributor, or importer provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly MSDSs or Material Safety Data Sheets) for each hazardous chemical to downstream users to communicate information on these hazards.

Are safety data sheets required?

Every chemical manufacturer or importer must provide an SDS for any hazardous materials they sell or store. Moreover, OSHA requires that all facilities in the United States keep an SDS for every hazardous chemical onsite.
If you want to find out more about SDS, visit the guide to understanding Safety Data Sheets (SDS) here.

How do I find safety data sheets?

The best way to find a safety data sheet is to contact the manufacturer, supplier, or importer of the product. They are required by law to provide SDS for any hazardous products they sell or distribute. You can also search for Safety Data Sheets at Chemical Safety’s Free SDS Database.

What Tier II reporting?

Tier II reporting is a system used by states to collect and publish information about the hazardous chemicals stored and used by businesses and institutions in their area. The Tier II reporting system is part of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), which was passed by the US Congress in 1986. The Act requires businesses and institutions that use or store hazardous chemicals to report this information to the state emergency response commission, the local emergency planning committee, and the local fire department. The information that is reported includes the name, location, and amount of each chemical, as well as any potential hazards associated with it. The purpose of Tier II reporting is to provide first responders and the public with information that can help them prepare for and respond to chemical emergencies. Lean more about Tier II reporting here.

Does Chemical Safety offer SDS update services?

Yes, Chemical Safety offers services that assist in finding the SDS that you need or extracting and importing SDS data from the PDF to your e- binder.
Visit our SDS modules page for more information  

Can I monitor incidents & accidents in my facilities?

Yes, EMS has a purpose-built feature for Accident & Incident Tracking and OSHA 300 Reporting.
 Learn more at Chemical Safety’s Employee Workplace Safety features page 

How do I print hazardous drum labels and shipping labels?

EMS offers a wide range of pre-set labels, and custom labels.
Visit our GHS Labeling solutions here.

Can I cross-reference my chemicals with state regulations?

Yes, EMS hosts many regulation lists such as DEA, DHS, HAp, VOC, etc. 

Can I view my SDS’s from a mobile app?

Yes, via Chemical Safety’s EMS.SDS-GHS Application employees have online and offline access to all SDS they work with.
Learn more about our SDS and GHS modules here.

Can I print GHS labels in multiple sizes and languages?

Yes, EMS offers a wide range of pre-set labels, and allows users to create custom labels in a variety of languages.
Visit our GHS Labeling solution page to learn more.

Can I set inventory limits for each of my locations?

Yes, Inventory Limits can be set for a particular product, CAS # Specific, Hazard Class, etc.

Can I manage my chemical purchases from EMS?

Yes, EMS allows tracking from receipt to consumption/disposal.

Can I track and manage employee training?

Yes, EMS has a purpose-built feature for Employee Training that can be linked with other EMS Modules. 

Can EMS be integrated with other software programs?

Yes, EMS can integrate with 3rd Party applications via API technology. 
Learn more about Chemical Safety’s integrations here.

What barcode readers are compatible with EMS?

The onboard camera of a mobile device can be used as a scanner along with EMS.Inventory Mobile Application. Additionally, most of the scanner guns that are recognized as a keyboard could work as well.

Does EMS support radioactive materials?

Yes, EMS helps you manage the flow of radioisotopes with real-time decay in a multi-user and multi-facility environment.

What is the best way to learn the software ?

The best way to learn how the software works is to have an online training with Chemical Safety’s experts and get access to our client portal where we have dedicated videos and material for each module.  

How can I access my EMS Account?

You can access your EMS account by clicking on the link : https://cloud.chemicalsafety.com/weblogin/ . You can find this link on the Sign in section in the Website Home page.

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