TS code: BM-TS3


The main purpose of REACH is to improve high standards in the area of environmental and health protection by adopting specific procedures and providing information on chemicals and their safe use in the supply chain.
DOWNSTREAM USERS (DU) as participants in the supply chain receive information on the hazards caused by substances and mixture in the safety data sheets.
SAFETY DATA SHEETS (SDS) are an effective and mandatory method for providing information on the safe use of substances and mixtures down the supply chain in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH).
The required format and content of the safety data sheet in the EU (and in other countries that have adopted the REACH regulation) are set out in Annex II to REACH.
When downstream users receive safety data sheets, they should identify, apply and recommend appropriate protection measures to adequately control the risk.
The obligations under REACH regarding the provision of information in the supply chain, including requirements related to safety data sheets, are described in Title IV of the REACH Regulation (INFORMATION IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN).
This lecture briefly describes each of the 16 sections of safety data sheet in accordance with Annex II to REACH Regulation.
It explains who is responsible for development of the safety data sheet, what steps should be taken after receiving it and when the safety data sheet should be updated.
It provides useful information for recipients of an SDS.

The aim of the lecture is to introduce trainees to SDS as the main communication tool in the supply chain and help a downstream user determine his/her tasks and requirements that must be fulfilled to meet their obligations under:
• Article 31 REACH (Requirements for Safety Data Sheets)
• REACH Annex II (Requirements for compilation of the Safety Data Sheet).
The lecture is supplemented with exercises (see BM-E-TS3).
After completing this training session (the lecture and the exercises) trainees should:
become familiar with the legal grounds for compiling and delivering SDS;
understand the role of SDS in the supply chain.


  1. What is safety data sheet?
  2. Format of safety data sheet – introduction
    2.1. Sections of safety data sheet
    Section 1: Identification of the substance/mixture and company/undertaking
    Section 2: Hazards identification
    Section 3: Composition/information on ingredients
    Section 4: First-aid measures
    Section 5: Fire-fighting measures
    Section 6: Accidental release measures
    Section 7: Handling and storage
    Section 8: Exposure controls/personal protection
    Section 9: Physical and chemical properties
    Section 10: Stability and reactivity
    Section 11: Toxicological information
    Section 12: Ecological information
    Section 13: Disposal considerations
    Section 14: Transport information
    Section 15: Regulatory information
    Section 16: Other information
    2.2. Examples of safety data sheets
  3. Obligation to provide a safety data sheet
  4. Obligations of actors in the supply chain regarding the safety data sheet
  5. Requirements for safety data sheets
    5.1. Requirements under Article 31 p. 1
    5.2. Safety Data Sheet at request
  6. Other data flow in the supply chain
    6.1. Substances or mixtures offered or sold to the general public
    6.2. Information to be provided to the recipient when a safety data sheet is not required
    6.3. Information according article 34
  7. Need to update SDS
  8. Obligations of DU upon receipt of a safety data sheet