However, be sure to carefully check the revision dates on your sheets to make sure there haven't been any changes/updates that you might otherwise overlook!
In Australia SDS should follow either the format outlined by the GHS (Globally Harmonised System) or the National Code of Practice for the Preparation of Material Safety Data Sheets, 2nd Edition (NOHSC2011-2003), which stipulate a 16-section format: Section 1 - Identification of the material and supplier Section 2 - Hazards identification Section 3 - Composition/information on ingredients Section 4 - First aid measures Section 5 - Fire fighting measures Section 6 - Accidental release measures Section 7 - Handling and storage Section 8 - Exposure controls/personal protection Section 9 - Physical and chemical properties Section 10 - Stability and reactivity Section 11 - Toxicological information Section 12 - Ecological information Section 13 - Disposal considerations Section 14 - Transport information Section 15 - Regulatory information Section 16 - Other information Relevant legislations require a hazardous substances register and dangerous goods register to be maintained as well as a documented hazard identification and risk management processes. Whilst the label is a culmination of a risk assessment process done by the APVMA, and compliance with the label goes a long way towards being a suitable control for OH&S purposes you still need to assess risks and use the hierarchy of controls which relate to your particular situation.
The primary objective of maintaining these records is to ensure the health & safety and wellbeing of employees, the workplace and the environment.
All Australian jurisdictions have committed to adopting the model work health and safety legislation, with many states already in implementation as of 1 January 2012.
WHS legislations adopt the 3rd revised Edition of the GHS.
SDS are regularly updated to reflect, for example, legislative and classification changes and it is important to ensure these documents are up-to-date.
Under the Agsafe Industry Code of Practice, Agsafe accredited resellers are strongly recommended to facilitate supply of SDS.
" for information on what to do with the old sheet. SDS's must be specific to the manufacturer and contain the contact information for the "responsible party".
When you get the same chemical with the same formulation from several different manufacturers the situation is a little more complex. Per paragraph G.1.l of Directive Number CPL 02-02-079, SDS's must be specific to the product and manufacturer.
Safe Work Australia has set out translations that show the link between GHS classes and categories and equivalent classes of dangerous goods under the ADG Code.