Safety Data Sheets according to ANSI Z.400-1
In North and South America, four countries have created own hazmat regulations:
- USA: 29 CFR 1910.1200 (OSHA HazCom 2012)
- Canada: WHMIS / HPA
- Mexico: NOM-018-STPS-2000
- Brazil: NBR 14725:2001
All have in common that they, compared to European REACH, feature much less specific format requirements. A common base for American Material Safety Data Sheets is ANSI standard Z.400-1. However, the MSDS content must be modified to fulfil country specific requirements.
MSDS or SDS?
Currently, you will find both the term "Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)" as well as "Safety Data Sheet (SDS)" in America. Why? The former ANSI standard and the laws it relies upon used "MSDS". With the adaptation of GHS to the national regulations, this changes to using the GHS term "SDS". The latest issue of ANSI Z400.1 of 2010 has completed this change already.