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Safety Data Sheet Layout Guide

(according to GHS rev. 3)

SECTION 7: Handling and storage

[SDS Section 7 Handling and storage provides guidance on safe hand ling practices that minimize the potential hazards to people, property and the environment from the substance or mixture. Emphasize precautions that are appropriate to the intended use and to the unique properties of the substance or mixture]


7.1    Precautions for safe handling

[Provide advice that:

(a) allows safe handling of the substance or mixture;

(b) prevents handling of incompatible substances or mixtures; and

(c) minimizes the release of the substance or mixture to the environment.


It is good practice to provide advice on general hygiene. For example:

(a) “eating, drinking and smoking in work areas is prohibited”;

(b) “wash hands after use”; and

(c) “remove contaminated clothing and protective equipment before entering eating areas”]

​​7.2    Conditions for safe storage, including any incompatibilities

[Ensure that the advice provided is consistent with the physical and chemical properties in Section 9 Physical and chemical properties of the SDS. If relevant, provide advice on specific storage requirements including:


(a) How to avoid:

(i) explosive atmospheres;

(ii) corrosive conditions;

(iii) flammability hazards;

(iv) incompatible substances or mixtures;

(v) evaporation conditions; and

(vi) potential ignition sources (including electrical equipment).

(b) How to control the effects of:

(i) weather conditions;

(ii) ambient pressure;

(iii) temperature;

(iv) sunlight;

(v) humidity; and

(vi) vibration.

(c) How to maintain the integrity of the substance or mixture by the use of:

(i) stabilizers; and

(ii) anti-oxidants.


(d) Other advice including:

(i) ventilation requirements;

(ii) specific designs for storage rooms/vessels;

(iii) quantity limits under storage conditions (if relevant); and

(iv) packaging compatibility]

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