Safety Data Sheet Layout Guide
(according to GHS rev. 3)
SECTION 8: Exposure controls/personal protection
[SDS Section 8 Exposure controls/personal protection provides occupational exposure limit(s) and exposure control measures, including engineering control measures that are needed to minimize exposure to, and risks associated with the hazards of the substance or mixture]
8.1 Control parameters
[Where available, list the occupational exposure limits (limits in the air of the workplace or biological limit values), including notations, for a substance and for each of the ingredients of a mixture. If air contaminants are formed when using the substance or mixture as intended available occupational exposure limits for these should also be listed. If an occupational exposure limit exists for the country or region in which the SDS is being supplied, this should be listed. The source of the occupational exposure
limit should be stated on the SDS. When listing occupational exposure limits, use the chemical identity as specified in Section 3 Composition/Information on ingredients of the SDS
Where available, list the biological limit values, including notations, for a substance and for each of the ingredients of a mixture. Where possible, the biological limit value should be relevant to the countries or regions in which the SDS is being supplied. The source of the biological limit value should be stated on the SDS. When listing biological limit values, use the chemical identity as specified in Section 3 of the SDS.
Where a control banding approach is recommended for providing protection in relation to specific uses then sufficient detail should be given to enable effective management of the risk. The context and limitations of the specific control banding recommendation should be made clear]
8.2 Appropriate engineering controls
[The description of appropriate exposure control measures should relate to the intended modes of use of the substance or mixture. Sufficient in formation should be provided to enable a proper risk assessment to be carried out. Indicate when special engineering controls are necessary, and specify which type. Examples include:
(a) “maintain air concentrations below occupational exposure standards”, using engineering controls if necessary;
(b) “use local exhaust ventilation when...”;
(c) “use only in an enclosed system”;
(d) “use only in spray paint booth or enclosure”;
(e) “use mechanical handling to reduce human contact with materials”; or
(f) “use explosive dust handling controls”.
The information provided here should complement that provided under section 7 (Handling and storage) of the SDS]
8.3 Individual protection measures, such as personal protective equipment (PPE)
[Consistent with good occupational hygiene practices, personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used in conjunction with other control measures, including engineering controls, ventilation and isolation. See also Section 5 Fire- fighting measures of the SDS for specific fire/chemical PPE advice.
Identify the PPE needed to minimize the potential for illness or injury due to exposure from the substance or mixture, including:
a) Eye/face protection: specify the type of eye protection and/or face shield required, based on the hazard of the substance or mixture and potential for contact;
(b) Skin protection: specify the protective equipment to be worn (e.g. type of gloves, boots, bodysuit) based on the hazards associated with the substance or mixture and the potential for contact;
(c) Respiratory protection: specify appropriate types of respiratory protection based on the hazard and potential for exposure, including air-purifying respirators and the proper purifying element (cartridge or canister) or breathing apparatus; and
(d) Thermal hazards: when specifying protective equipment to be worn for materials that represent a thermal hazard, special consideration should be given to the construction of the PPE.
Special requirements may exist for gloves or other protective clothing to prevent skin, eye or lung exposure. Where relevant, this type of PPE should be clearly stated. For example, “PVC gloves” or “nitrile rubber gloves”, and thickness and breakthrough tim
e of the glove material. Special requirements may exist for respirators]