Various international transport of dangerous goods regulations have requirements for an emergency telephone number to be available at all times for all shipments, there are a number of specific requirements for certain types of goods. There are also many national requirements and transport operator rules that may require emergency contact details to be provided.
Many countries have now adopted the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals) as the basis for their safety data sheet and labelling regulations. Most have adopted the standard GHS requirements, but some have adopted more stringent requirements for the provision of emergency response information. The standard requirement in the GHS is for the provision of an emergency contact number in section 1 of the SDS. In some countries it does not need to be a 24-hour number but where the hours of operation are limited, they must be stated on the SDS. In some countries the 24 hour emergency calling number shall be indicated in the SDS and label.
CIRS is working closely with partners (NRCC, Chemtrec, i.e.,) to provide emergency response and global emergency telephone service which could provide specialist advice over the telephone, twenty-four (24) hours a day, on how to handle emergency situations involving hazardous material.
- Identify of emergency number requirements in different countries/regions.
- Author safety data sheet and label;
- Emergency response and global emergency telephone service.