SDS Management (Safety Data Sheet)

At Chemwatch, we see ourselves as world leaders with our state of the art, customer built, SDS Management System.

We currently have over 60 million SDS in our collection and our database is updated daily with the latest data sheets. Having a high volume of SDS, allows you to create a purpose-built library of SDS to suit your organisation’s needs.


What is a Safety Data Sheet—What is SDS?

SDS stands for Safety Data Sheet, also previously called MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet). Safety Data Sheets provide essential information on hazardous chemicals, including the potential risks associated with them, and how to use them safely. The SDS system follows a 16-section format, which aims to help the user of the chemical mitigate potential issues that may arise.

At Chemwatch, we manage your list of chemicals, matching them up with SDS and ensuring you have all the appropriate information on hand.   


Why do I need SDS Management?

SDS management system makes your life easy and your chemicals safe by organising the SDS, ensuring they’re accurate and up-to-date.  When you receive them, all the work has been done for you.


What happens if you don’t have an SDS management system in place?

If you don’t have a SDS management system in place, you run the risk that your SDSs will be non-existent, or out-of-date. In Australia, it is a breach of Workplace Health and Safety not to have SDSs for any hazardous chemicals or materials that you are using. Similarly, in the United States it is a requirement, set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, that workplaces must have SDSs readily available and accessible for employees working with hazardous materials.


How does this management system work?

Our state-of-the-art management system is three-fold:

Webster and Nettie

First up is Webster! He is our custom-built AI who spends his time zooming across the web with his trusty jetpack to find your SDSs. He can scan more than 150,000 URLs daily—more than 80 million yearly! He works with Nettie, another AI, tracking changes from the original SDS to any updates that may have been made. You will be provided with line-by-line comparison reports between old and new documents, with changes being highlighted in red. Nettie also reports any regulatory changes for substances found on an SDS. This proprietary software is available to visit your SDSs up to 4x yearly.

Up to 60 key data points can be extracted from the updated SDS and made available to you. They can be recorded across separate tables and can easily be used to create:



SDS and Registration Team

The second part of our system is made up of the SDS and Registrations Team. They are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of our ever-growing Collection. This team is in charge of contacting chemical manufacturers and suppliers to source the most accurate and up-to-date information; once they have collected the latest SDS information, they add it to the Collection. Once the team has established initial contact with your organisation, they will send you monthly reports about your SDS. Furthermore, if a supplier fails to provide a response regarding a chemical or an SDS, they will create a proforma request in your name. 



The third integral member of our team are the chemists who work behind the scenes. They collectively author over 4000 new SDSs per month, which are then peer-reviewed and added to our database. They are able to create Vendor SDSs for your company’s products, and are also responsible for the creation of our advanced Chemwatch Gold SDS system, which details handy reviews of common chemicals.


Our three-pronged approach has been developed over a number of years, and after extensive testing, is now part of the gold standard that we offer at Chemwatch. Our combination of “Brute-force tactics” and Artificial intelligence—running 24/7, controlled using state-of-the-art engines—ensures that our SDS management system operates at the highest standard possible.


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