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The efficacy of Safety Data Sheets in informing risk based decision making: A review of the aerospace sector

Wehrmeyer, WCH, Nayar, GA, Phillips, CA, Crankshaw, N, Marsh, N and France, C (2015) The efficacy of Safety Data Sheets in informing risk based decision making: A review of the aerospace sector Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, 23 (3). pp. 19-29.

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Abstract

Safety Data Sheets are the primary source of hazard information on chemical substances and mixtures and are used to inform risk assessments. It is imperative to ascertain the quality of this primary source of information in informing risk based decision making. The content of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) is governed by regulatory requirements outlined under the Globally Harmonised System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). However, regulation in itself does not provide assurance of the quality of the content of the SDS. This study assesses and creates an awareness of the quality of Safety Data Sheets and establishes the criteria for ranking the quality of various sections in the SDS. 200 Safety Data Sheets have been selected from the aerospace sector and assessed for their quality. A review of the 200 SDS has identified significant statistical differences between the various sections of the SDS and the quality of information between hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals. The data analysis suggests a limited impact of GHS and REACH, Annex II Regulations on the overall quality of content of the Safety Data Sheets.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Centre for Environmental Strategy
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environmental Strategy
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Wehrmeyer, WCHUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Nayar, GAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Phillips, CAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Crankshaw, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Marsh, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
France, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 9 October 2015
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.jchas.2015.09.002
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2015. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 08 Jul 2016 14:24
Last Modified : 08 Jul 2016 14:24
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811148

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