What does MSDS mean? What does GHS mean? MSDS fees and SDS prices in Colombia

MSDS and GHS meanings, and fees for SDS and MSDS in Colombia

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1. Chemical Safety Technical Data Sheet What does MSDS and GHS mean?

The “Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals” (GHS), also known as the “Purple Book,” is a normative document published by the United Nations in 2003 to guide countries in establishing a unified system for the classification and labeling of chemicals. The first edition of the UN GHS was published in 2003 and is revised every two years.

MSDS and SDS actually mean the same thing, but have different names in different countries. Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is a report that explains the hazards of a particular chemical to human health and the environment, and provides information on how to safely handle, store, and use the chemical. It is a comprehensive document that includes information on the flammability, explosiveness, toxicity, and environmental hazards of hazardous chemicals, as well as information on safe use, emergency response to leakage, major physical and chemical parameters, and laws and regulations. It is an important report for conveying information about chemical hazards.

2. MSDS for Chemical Safety Technical Data Sheet Implementation Progress of GHS in Colombia

On April 7, 2021, the Colombian Ministry of Labor issued Resolution 0773 2021, which sets out the requirements for employers to implement the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) in the workplace. As early as 2018, Colombia approved the implementation of the UN GHS sixth revised edition within its own country through Law No. 1496/2018. Now, it will be implemented according to the timetable specified in Resolution 0773/2021.

Summary of the resolution:

The “Resolution 0773 2021” applies to public and private employers, employees and independent workers, contractors, apprentices, interns, and cooperative workers who handle chemical products (pure chemicals, dilute solutions, mixtures) in the workplace. They should ensure that the classification, labeling, and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) of chemicals comply with the sixth edition of GHS.

The labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) must be in Spanish and classified according to the GHS sixth edition. Employers must review the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and label information at least once every five years and update them promptly if there are any changes.

(1) Safety Data Sheet:

1. The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) must include a local or toll-free emergency telephone number that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be a landline or mobile phone.

2. The occupational exposure limits in Section 8 of the SDS will be consistent with the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) on the date of SDS preparation or update.

3. Personal protective equipment regarding Section 8 of the SDS should indicate the type, material, specifications, etc. of protective equipment.

The above is just a partial list of the content. Please refer to the full resolution for details.

(2) Label:

1. Content: Product identification, supplier information, pictogram, warning words, hazard statement, precautionary statement.

2. Size: The size of the label shall comply with EU Regulation No. 1272/2008 (CLP Regulation) and be proportional to the size and shape of the container.

3. Small label requirements: Containers with a capacity of less than 30 milliliters shall display at least the product name and hazard pictogram.

4. Additional requirements: The label may contain the nominal quantity and batch number of the chemical in the container, unless these values are specified elsewhere on the container.

5. Imported chemicals may be relabeled in the importer’s warehouse before use or sale. The label must include at least the original label and the hazards reported in the manufacturer’s SDS.

6. For non-hazardous chemicals, the minimum information to be displayed on the label is: product identification; supplier identification, whether it is a manufacturer, importer or distributor; precautionary statement.

The above only lists some of the content, please refer to the complete resolution for details.

3. MSDS/SDS Fees and Prices

Many laboratories and certification organizations can handle MSDS/SDS reports, but they differ in fees, period and report professionalism. Using templates or MSDS/SDS reports that are not evaluated based on composition and the latest regulations may cost hundreds of yuan. The cost of writing MSDS/SDS based on the latest regulations and with strong professionalism is about one to two thousand yuan. It is difficult to reflect “you get what you pay for” in the professionalism of MSDS, because many well-known organizations may not have an absolute advantage in MSDS, while many less well-known companies may focus on the field of MSDS. Therefore, it is recommended to ask more questions and make more comparisons when consulting MSDS, and strive to choose companies or organizations with higher cost-effectiveness and professionalism.

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