Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are an important element of chemical law. They contain detailed information on REACH conformity as well as the characteristics of substances. They also describe possible risks and provide hints for handling, storing and transporting the substances as well what to do in the event of a fire or leakage.
Since 1 June 2015, mixtures have had to be labelled according to CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) requirements in Safety Data Sheets. This grading system is the European implementation of the "Global Harmonised System" (GHS) for the labelling of lubricants and is meant to ensure consistent handling of dangerous substances and mixtures worldwide. Under CLP, all substances and mixtures are classified into danger classes and hazard categories and labelled accordingly. To satisfy CLP requirements, the substances contained in mixtures have to be described in a different way and sometimes in more detail than previously.