Preparation Checklist
OSHA GHS Do-It-Yourself SDS

Not a regulatory specialist and confused about the nuances of OSHA’s GHS requirements?

Fear not. You are not alone. We are here to help. Below are four key areas that drive the automated logic and success of your OSHA-compliant GHS SDS. Let the WERCSmart proprietary data engine guide you through the necessary steps and help you save time and money.

It is worth noting that this tool is not for everyone. If your product contains complex mixtures in your formulation (like in the Paints/Coatings and Fragrance industries for example) or if your product is a private-label, we DO NOT RECOMMEND using this Do-It-Yourself SDS authoring tool. Products with complex formulations are better suited to be authored by a qualified regulatory specialist.

 


1. Your product’s recommended use

By knowing your product’s final recommended use is the first and most important step toward completing OSHA’s new 16 section SDS format. Our D-I-Y tool begins with many options to choose from. Your selection drives the subsequent automation for appropriate classification.

 


2. Your product’s full chemical formulation

The most notable difference in OSHA’s new GHS SDS format is its’ proscriptive approach to classifications. Full disclosure of formulations is required in order to determine accurate and compliant classifications.

What to expect: You will be presented with a Product Composition Table where each of your product chemical components are entered. Each component can be entered either by CAS # or by ingredient name. Be sure to utilize the industry standard name, when searching for ingredients using the Component entry method.

It is worth noting that this tool is not for everyone. If your product contains complex mixtures in your formulation (like in the Paints/Coatings and Fragrance industries for example) or if your product is a private-label, we DO NOT RECOMMEND using this Do-It-Yourself SDS authoring tool. Products with complex formulations are better suited to be authored by a qualified regulatory specialist.

 


3. Your product’s Physical chemical properties

Accurately listing your product’s physical chemical properties allows for appropriate classifications in multiple areas of your new 16 section OSHA-compliant GHS SDS.

Not sure where to find this information?
You can begin by reviewing your product’s existing MSDS or check with your product development team.

Chemical property characteristics for consideration are:

  • appearance (physical state, color, etc.)
  • odor/ odor threshold
  • pH
  • melting point/freezing point
  • initial boiling point and boiling range
  • flash point
  • evaporation rate
  • flammability (solid, gas)
  • upper/lower flammability or explosive limits
  • vapor pressure
  • vapor density
  • relative density
  • solubility(ies)
  • partition coefficient: n-octanol/water
  • autoignition temperature
  • decomposition temperature

 


4. Your product’s transportation code (UN Number)

Not sure if your product is regulated for transportation?
Check your existing MSDS, shipping label or with your logistics department.