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When must safety data sheets updated?

January 08, 20232 min read

According to WorkSafeBC regulations, Safety Data Sheets (SDS) must be updated when new and significant information becomes available that could affect the safety information of the product or the health and safety of workers handling the product. Specifically, SDS must be updated:

  1. Within 90 days of new information becoming available about the hazardous properties of a product, or about any new hazards associated with the product.

  2. Whenever there is a change in the product formulation that affects the product's hazard classification or its safe handling procedures.

  3. Whenever there is a change in the way the product is packaged or labeled, and this change affects the product's hazard classification or its safe handling procedures.

  4. Whenever there is a change in the product's manufacturer or supplier, and this change affects the product's hazard classification or its safe handling procedures.

Overall, it is the responsibility of the supplier of the product to ensure that the SDS is accurate and up-to-date, and that it is provided to downstream users of the product. Employers who use hazardous products must ensure that they have the most current SDS available for their workers, and that they have taken appropriate measures to inform and train their workers on the hazards associated with the products they are using.

You can check for new safety data sheets (SDSs) or updates to existing ones by contacting the manufacturer or supplier of the chemical products used in your workplace. They are responsible for providing you with the most current SDSs.

Additionally, you can also check on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) website, as they provide a free database of SDSs for various chemicals. This database is called the "Canadian SDS Repository" and can be found on their website. However, it's important to note that not all SDSs may be available on the CCOHS website, and it's still the responsibility of the manufacturer or supplier to provide you with the most current SDSs.


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