Updating SDSs and resources to update SDSs:
Updating Safety Data Sheets is part of the ongoing requirement to have current SDSs. These should be obtained from the manufacturer, usually at the time of purchase. SDSs should be current i.e. less than 5 years old, however as schools are likely to have chemicals for longer than 5 years they will need to update their SDSs accordingly. This can be done by contacting the manufacturer/ supplier, downloading from their website or by accessing the manufacturer's SDSs through a subscription to a commercial chemical management system such as Chemwatch. Access to the Chemwatch web site is provided on the NSW DoE Intranet site for Chemical Safety in Schools (CSIS) package.
NSW Department of Education guideline on GHS labelling:
DoE has issued advice in SchoolBiz article of 10 June 2016 relating to GHS requirements, that includes the following advice:
‘Following recent amendments to the regulation of GHS, it is important to be aware that users of hazardous chemicals are not required to relabel or dispose of existing stock because the label is outdated. GHS compliant labelling will only be required for all products purchased after 31 December 2016. Schools are requested to not undertake any relabelling of stock’.
Text of the entire article can be found on the Intranet site for CSIS on the Asset Management Directorate pages, this is how to get there;
1. Select ‘A-Z of DoE’ on HOME page, then
2. Select ‘Asset Management’, then
3. Select ‘Safety and Compliance’ – on left hand side of page, then
4. Select ‘Chemical Safety in School’, the SchoolBiz article is the first text item.
The Chemical Safety in Schools (CSIS) package is presently being reviewed, with this being led by the Health and Safety Directorate. Until new advice is forthcoming the current CSIS advice remains the Departmental policy.