ISO 14001 Finding - Missing Safety Data Sheets


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During our External 14001 audit, we were assigned a minor non-conformance for not having a few SDS (safety data Sheets) in our ebinder, we have online SDS service which we used to populate our internal system, should this be a finding against 14001? I see it as a safety issue not an environmental issue. The missing sds's were for cleaning chemicals in quantities of a gallon or less.

Sidney Vianna

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I see it as a safety issue not an environmental issue.
As someone who always remind others about auditors sticking to the scope of the audit, the typical SDS contains information that also refers to environmental impacts. Check this. So, as I see it, the safety aspect of SDS is not only occupational safety, but also environmental safety. Thus, in scope of an ISO 14001 audit.


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I see it as a safety issue not an environmental issue.
One of my pet peeves and you're 100% correct........Except if you've identified SDS's as environmental documents for part of your chemical management, waste management, spill or emergency response.

An additional exception would be around labelling and use. (Reference below US OSHA regulation)
Any consumer product or hazardous substance, as those terms are defined in the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2051 et seq.) and Federal Hazardous Substances Act (15 U.S.C. 1261 et seq.) respectively, where the employer can show that it is used in the workplace for the purpose intended by the chemical manufacturer or importer of the product, and the use results in a duration and frequency of exposure which is not greater than the range of exposures that could reasonably be experienced by consumers when used for the purpose intended;

Basically if the material is the same stuff that can be bought in WalMart or where ever you don't need a SDS.

There may be a bit more to it, but SDS's are not automatically environmental documents.
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