Effective communication between suppliers and customers helps to ensure that relevant information of substances and mixtures is provided in the supply chain ensuring the safe use of them.

As the link between manufacturers and downstream users the transfer of the information in the supply chain is key for distributors. However, when communicating the relevant safety data sheet (SDS) and exposure scenario (ES) distributors frequently observe significant inconsistencies in the information on safe use they receive for the same registered substance from different suppliers.

While for the main body of the SDS information distributors have many years of experience in compiling their own SDS this is not the case for ESs a new tool that exponentially increases the information received from suppliers.

This creates extra burdens on distributors (and on formulators) having to forward this information to the next level in the supply chain, and thus distributors have sought a solution.

The solution is the consolidation methodology that the Fecc Supply Chain Communication Task Force under the supervision of the Safety, Health and Environment Committee (SHE) has developed and included in the updated Fecc Guidance "Management of ES in the SDS".

This methodology has been developed in the context of the ENES Programme 2020 and the Action lead by Fecc to identify the inconsistencies of safe-use information for the same substance across the different registrants and the EU-OSHA campaign on management of dangerous substances.

Fecc Guidance "Management of ES in the SDS"