key SDS concepts for suppliers of substances


Welcome Introduction to the SDS

  • Regulatory framework, EU/UK REACH Annex II; formatting, transitional arrangements with EU/GB CLP.

Format and content of the SDS

  • Layout of the SDS, the eSDS, headings and subheadings, EU/UK REACH Annex II.

Classifying under CLP

  • Obligations, dealing with minor constituents and impurities, sources of information, harmonised classifications, classifying from data.


Sources of information

  • CLP Annex VI harmonised classifications, Classification and Labelling Inventory, translation from DSD, classifying from data, conflicting information, expert judgment.

Systems and software

  • Managing and dissemination of the SDS, working with software systems

Downstream consequences

  • Covering downstream uses, suitable and pragmatic risk management, helping your customers understand and implement recommended risk management measures.

Q & A


Who should attend?

Everyone supplying substances in the UK and EU 27, from manufacturers and importers to re-packers and distributors will benefit from a clear understanding of the process for writing a safety data sheet. This day will be of particular interest to those who are responsible for writing safety data sheets for the substances they supply to formulators and other European or UK downstream users.

You’ll get the most from this SDS Awareness day if you have some understanding of the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) as well as knowledge of hazard communication under the Dangerous Substances Directive (DSD). We will assume you are familiar with EU/UK-REACH and have an awareness of the EU/GB-CLP regulation. However, if you’re not fully up to speed don’t worry – we can adapt the programme to cover this or run a separate introductory day.

This day is one in a series of training days designed to improve your understanding of the Safety Data Sheet (SDS).


Why attend?

This one-day course will deal with the following key issues:

✓ Understand what the SDS needs to contain, and why

✓ Appreciate the transitions from DSD to EU/UK REACH and EU/GB CLP

✓ Know where to find information to populate an SDS

✓ Making judgement and justifications to support the SDS and classification.


Next steps

To find out more about REACHReady’s bespoke training, and to discuss your specific requirements, please call us on 0207 901 1444 or e-mail

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