The Retail Industry Leaders
Association (RILA) announced the roll-out of an initiative designed to
streamline the safety data sheet (SDS) process required by law under which
chemical information is provided by suppliers to retailers.
Retailers require detailed information to safely handle chemical products in
accordance with various regulations promulgated by federal agencies such as the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of
Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In an
effort to enhance efficiency in the requests made by retailers, RILA created an
SDS template, which aligns with the sixteen-section format prescribed by OSHA’s
Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard which became effective May, 2012.
“The recent changes to the HazCom Standard provide an opportunity for the
retail industry to upgrade requests for chemical information since chemical
manufacturers must rewrite their SDS’s based on the global harmonization
criteria,” said Lisa LaBruno, senior vice president of retail operations
for RILA. “Consistent retailer requests will enhance supply chain efficiency
and communication regarding chemical information, as well as assist retailers
in properly handling chemical products for the benefit of customers, workers,
communities and the environment.”
Leading retailers and providers of product safety compliance and information
services helped drive the SDS initiative forward.
"As a founding sponsor of RILA's SDS Working Group, we applaud RILA's
efforts to help retailers and manufacturers more efficiently exchange chemical
and product information,” said Jeffrey Starr, vice president of marketing
at 3E Company. "We believe RILA's SDS template will be extremely
valuable to retailers and manufacturers alike, as they strive to achieve
conformance, mitigate risk and enhance workplace safety. We are proud to
have provided our expertise during our collaboration with RILA and look forward
to continuing to support this important association and its members in the
Kieran Callahan, director of business development for The Wercs stated, “The WERCS fully supports the RILA SDS
initiative. Standardized SDS’s containing information required for such
compliance will greatly assist retailers with
OSHA compliance as the industry move to the new GHS platform. Further,
standardization will assist suppliers by clarifying precisely what retailers need.
We thank RILA for the opportunity to work on this important project."
For more details about RILA's SDS initiative, visit:
is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail
companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers,
and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in
annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores,
manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad