In determining the structure and content of an SDS, legislators envisaged that chemical users might want to perform a variety of different tasks with chemicals, such as decanting, storing and transporting products. Accordingly, the structure of SDS ensures that everything a chemical user needs to know about product safety is detailed on the SDS and, to avoid confusion, the supplier SDS is the sole legal source of safety data for its products.

The legislators further envisaged that in certain circumstances, the information contained on SDS might need to be extracted to create secondary documentation such as labels.

Transcription is simply the process of computerising safety data contained in the supplier SDS so that it can be reproduced for other purposes.

Not only is transcription perfectly legal, it is recognized as the only way to extract relevant information from SDS to produce supplementary data such as labels, transport manifests, risk assessments and storage reports.

Transcription is time-consuming, labour-intensive and requires rigorous quality control, but it is the only way to produce fully compliant supplementary data.

If your supplier of chemical safety data is NOT transcribing from supplier SDS, the question is perhaps “What is the source of data that is used to create this supplementary information?”
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