Concentration Ranges on a Canadian Safety Data Sheet (SDS) – What range are you using?

 In SDS: Safety Data Sheets

By: Kirsten Alcock, Principal Product Safety Consultant, email

One of the biggest non-compliances I continue to see when I receive supplier Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) is section 3 and the disclosure of ranges. In Canada, you are permitted to use one of the ranges set out in the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) BUT you must also then indicate that you are claiming that range as Trade Secret.

As per the HPR, the following are the acceptable ranges for an SDS in Canada at this point in time if you are claiming trade secret:

concentration range

As of late, I have been receiving supplier SDSs where the range being used is 0 to 100%. THIS IS NOT COMPLIANT.

Either a chemical is or isn’t in your product but Health Canada sees this as a non-compliance. I sent an inquiry to Health Canada to confirm this and the following is a paragraph taken from the email I received back from them:

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