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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SDS Transition Update

All Teflon® product SDS’s have been updated on our website. To see the updated SDS’s, create or login to your account on our website.

What's the difference between MSDS and SDS?
Both MSDS's and SDS's are documents for hazardous substances that explain all the dangers associated with the material and information on handling, storage, and disposal. There were several formats of MSDS's, so OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) has been updated to globally standardize the content of all safety data sheets.

Why has this been done?
June 1, 2015 was the deadline by which manufacturers, distributors, and importers must reclassify chemicals and update all SDS's and labels to the new GHS (Globally Harmonized System) format.  The GHS conversion by June 1 was not unique to Chemours (DuPont). It applied to all chemical manufacturers in the US.

The June 1, 2015 deadline is just the next in a series of ongoing deadlines as part of OSHA’s GHS implantation transition. Other important dates include:
  • December 1, 2015: Deadline for distributors to eliminate inventory with old labels. Effectively, they can continue using the pre-GHS labeling system until December 1.
  • June 1, 2016: The final deadline and date by which employers must be in full compliance with GHS. That means making any necessary updates to their hazard communication programs, training employees on new hazards identified during the reclassification process, updating workplace labels, and anything else required by HazCom 2012.

Our customers are not impacted by the compliance with the regulation. The products have not changed, just how they are labeled. 

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