Data sheets

Data sheets — officially called “safety data sheets” in the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals or GHS — are supposed to provide information about the properties, hazards and handling methods for a product. The Canadian version is called WHMIS 2015; it updates the original “right to know” system that became law in 1988. Information about the components and “rules” can be found here.

Unfortunately, the information too often is not complete or accurate.That’s been the case since data sheets became common in the 1970s and 1980s.

More to come