Regulatory Framework for Safety Data Sheets
The vast majority of TE products are Articles; the regulatory framework is outlined below By definition, this means they are not classified as hazardous products and that there is also no intended release of hazardous substances during normal conditions of use. The regulations do not require Safety Data Sheets for Articles. Although most of our products are Articles and do not require a Safety Data Sheet, you can find specific product environmental compliance information in our TE Statements of Compliance (SoC) and/or Material Declarations (if available). Our REACH obligation, as defined by Article 33 of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, to communicate REACH Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC), is fulfilled by our Article Safe Usage Statements included on our SoCs. The Article Safe Usage Statements are standardized phrases associated with the SVHC, providing advice about the correct handling of the product. Where applicable, order confirmations and packaging slips contain links to the website where this information can be found.
Definition of an Article: OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (CFR, Title 29, Standard 1900.1200) : Article 1910.1200(c):
Article means a manufactured item other than a fluid or particle:
(i) which is formed to a specific shape or design during manufacture
(ii) which has end use function(s) dependent in whole or in part upon its shape or design during end use; and
(iii) which under normal conditions of use does not release more than very small quantities, e.g., minute or trace amounts of a hazardous chemical (as determined under paragraph (d) of this section), and does not pose a physical hazard or health risk to employees.
Exclusion from requirement to provide SDS for Articles: OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (CFR, Title 29, Standard 1900.1200): Article 1910.1200(b)(6)(v) :
scope and application
this section does not apply to:
Articles (as that term is defined in paragraph (c) of this section)
Definition of an Article: REACH - Title 1 - Chapter 2 - Article 3.3:
Article means an object which during production is given a special shape, surface or design which determines its function to a greater degree than does its chemical composition.
Requirements to provide SDS: REACH – Title 4 – Article 31.1:
The supplier of a substance or a mixture shall provide the recipient of the substance or mixture with a safety data sheet compiled in accordance with Annex II:
(a) where a substance or mixture meets the criteria for classification as hazardous in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008; or
(b) where a substance is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic or very persistent and very bioaccumulative in accordance with the criteria set out in Annex XIII; or
(c) where a substance is included in the list established in accordance with Article 59(1) for reasons other than those referred to in points (a) and (b).
Those SDS requirements do apply to substances and mixtures, and not to articles.