Are the MSDS mandatory when it comes to extinguishing powder? How do we ensure that all the outgoing documents are always up-to-date and compliant with new regulations or any amendments?
BLOK extinguishing powders, once marketed, are issued with some documentation, which are MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) and the Certificate of Conformity. But are the MSDS mandatory when it comes to extinguishing powder? How do we ensure that all the outgoing documents are always up-to-date and compliant with new regulations or any amendments (i.e., compliance with EU Regulation 2020/878– Annex II)?
MSDS or Information Sheet? Are the extinguishing powders considered dangerous?
The extinguishing powder is made of raw materials that aren’t harmful: this means that the end product isn’t dangerous to any human being as well (we already discuss about this matter in this article). Therefore, the MSDS is not mandatory. What is mandatory is the Certificate of Conformity attesting that our product complies with the referenced Standard (EN 615:2009).
In this case, therefore, the correct terminology of the document should be Informative Sheet and not Safety Data Sheet, which is identical to the MSDS in all its sections (which are 16), but which in fact at the base is a non-hazardous product.
Is still important the MSDS?
While the product is not harmful, the MSDS is an important document for the information contained in it, including product classification in section 2 and disposal considerations in section 13.
Are BLOK MSDS constantly updated?
We ensure an ongoing update of all the accompanying paperwork. For the case of MSDS, we have a software that is able to detect every new update (or new Standard), and consequently allowing us to have up-to-date documents.
Also, for the different requests regarding the amendment of Annex II of the EU Regulation 2020/878, we can ensure the compliance of our MSDS with this Regulation. All updates can be found in different sections of the document: in this case we can verify the compliance by consulting section 16.
SDS and extinguishing powders as waste
Please note that the MSDS is not to be considered in any way as a substitute for the classification analysis of waste (CER160509) which must be issued by a certified laboratory.