GHS Safety Data Sheets Explained: Section 15
Updated: May 4
Section 15: Regulatory Information
In Section 15, the supplier will provide you with any European - and other, national, - regulatory information which applies to the product and is not mentioned in any other section of the safety data sheet.
15.1. Safety, Health and Environmental Regulations and Legislation Specific for the Substance or Mixture
The information provided in this subsection will depend on the supplier, their location and the product in question, and while there is no specific list of the regulatory information which should be written here, the supplier should include anything that will be of relevance to you, the user of the product.
Here are some examples of the regulatory information you will find in this subsection:
Whether the substance or mixture is subject to Regulation (EC) No. 2037/2000 on substances that deplete the Ozone layer.
Any substances which require authorisation before use (Annex XIV) or substances whose use is restricted (Annex XVII) under REACH.
Whether the substance or mixture is affected by the 98/24/EC Chemical Agents Directive (CAD) (which is implemented in Great Britain by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2000 (DSEAR)).
For detergents, the ingrerdient declaration according to the Regulation (EC) No. 648/2004 on Detergents (if not already given in subsection 3.2.).
15.2. Chemical Safety Assessment
In subsection 15.2 the supplier will state whether or not they have conducted a chemical safety assessment (CSA) for the product.
Please note: If you have trouble reading any part of Section 15, or any other part of the safety data sheet, you should immediately call the suppliers. They have a legal duty to assist you to the best of their abilities.
However, you need to be aware that it is YOUR responsibility to undertake risk assessments BEFORE you allow the product to be used in your workplace. You must also review and update your risk assessment if a significant change occurs in the task.
This section is closely linked to and should be read in conjunction with Sections 2, 8 and 16.
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