Communication throughout a supply chain
The need to provide a safety data sheet (SDS) has grown mainly due to demands from downstream users. Many former SDSs were meaningless as they included little or no relevant information; particularly for unclassified substances. Following REACH, industry can now address this situation and provide an appropriate and useful SDS when required.
Note that a substance SDS is mandatory only for those substances that meet the following criteria (see REACH article 31 and CLP article 59).
(a) is classified as hazardous under the CLP Regulation (1272/2008/EC) or as dangerous under the Dangerous Substances Directive (67/548/EEC); or
(b) it is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) as defined in Annex XIII of the REACH Regulation; or
(c) is included in the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Candidate List of substances of very high concern.
Note, if you are a REACH registrant of the following Mn-based substances, it is not mandatory to provide an SDS as these substances do not meet any of the criteria mentioned above:
- Manganese (EINECS: 231-105-1)
- Manganese oxide (EINECS: 215-695-8)
- Trimanganese tetraoxide (EINECS: 215-266-5)
- Manganese carbonate (EINECS: 209-942-9)
- Slags, FeMn-manufacturing (EINECS: 273-728-1)
- Slags, SiMn-manufacturing (EINECS: 273-733-9)
If required, an information sheet can be provided see proposed template (this is not a mandatory requirement, hence has no standard format).