Retail Industry Leaders Association: New SDS Initiative

January 22, 2013

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) have announced a plan to increase the efficiency of the , required by law for providing chemical information for retailers by suppliers.

In accordance with various regulations stipulated by such federal agencies as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), retailers require detailed information in order to handle chemical products in a safe manner. As a result, RILA have provided an SDS template, which correlates with the outlined in OSHA's Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard of May, 2012. OSHAs Hazcom 2012 sets out the .

Lisa LaBruno, senior vice president of retail operations for RILA, points out that the chemical supply chain will become more efficient as a result of the initiative: "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."

RILA's initiative has received support from the retail community. Jeffrey Starr, vice president of marketing for 3M Company, believes RILA's plan will "be extremely valuable to retailers and manufacturers alike, as they strive to achieve conformance, mitigate risk and enhance workplace safety."

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