GHS Compliant Labels & SDS Authoring

Safety Data Sheets & Chemical Label Authoring with Deerfoot Consulting

Deerfoot Consulting is the consulting arm of Chemscape Safety Technologies and it has become a trusted and reliable author of Material Safety Data Sheets and now Safety Data Sheets for the Oil and Gas industry in Western Canada. Deerfoot Consulting has authored thousands of SDSs and Chemical Labels since 1989. We are proud to provide customized SDS management solutions to the oil and gas industries, which includes the process of authoring SDS Sheets.'

Deerfoot: Registered SDS Authors 

Deerfoot uses a registered SDS Author – the premier industry standard to classify and author Safety Data Sheets

Since 2013, Deerfoot has used a registered SDS Author to classify and write Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Safety Data Sheets (SDSs; the GHS equivalent of SDSs) in anticipation of the implementation of GHS legislation. We are well trained and experienced in the required elements and structure of SDS Authoring. We can create English and French Safety Data Sheets and we can also author an SDS to satisfy numerous jurisdictions (i.e. Canada/USA).

GHS Compliant Labelling

June 1, 2018 is the WHMIS 2015 deadline for Canadian Manufacturers & Suppliers to transition to SDS

In February 2015 Health Canada amended WHMIS legislation to include the international GHS standards. Manufacturers and suppliers now must take steps in reclassifying products, relabeling, and creating Safety Data Sheets or SDSs to replace SDSs. The deadline for this transition is June 1, 2018. 

Trusted and experienced SDS Authoring professionals

Our certified and experienced professionals can take your lab analysis, reclassify chemicals and author an SDS to GHS standards that satisfy Canadian and American regulations. Our Safety Data Sheets have a best in class reputation and our documents are routinely recognized by regulators and inspectors as high quality and reliable. Don’t rely on low-cost providers or automated authoring programs to properly classify and write your safety data sheets and chemical labels.

GHS Classification by Country

Safety Data Sheets are authored to meet the individual regulations for the country the product is sold or imported into

Harmonizing classifications, SDSs and GHS labels is an improvement for global trade but SDSs still need to be authored by country. Classification changes for a product can affect Section 14 of the Safety Data Sheet on Transportation. In Canada, many Oil and Gas companies have seen Transport Canada enforce this for the past several years. A properly classified and authored SDS is critical to avoid potential fines.

A hazardous product for sale in Canada must have an SDS and supplier label available in the official languages of French and English. An English only SDS arriving from the USA may be challenged on language grounds, in some workplaces if a portion of the population of the workforce communicates in French as a first language.

European formatted SDSs have different cutoff points for hazardous products depending on the type and degree of hazard.

SDS Authoring Services by Industry

GHS Labelling Requirements in Canada

If classifications, toxicity information, or exposure limits for a product changes a new SDS might be required

If new data becomes available, Canadian producers have 90 days to make this knowledge public for a hazardous product sold or imported into Canada, by a written notice along with an SDS document. Supplier Labels need to be updated within 180 days.

The hope for some that GHS has “harmonized” us into one standard for all safety data sheets is unfortunately not the case. Suppliers will continue to need to keep on top of their product classifications, language requirements, and other related regulation changes in their country/state to stay compliant.

Call 1-403-720-6737 or email Mike Phibbs to discuss your SDS and Chemical Label authoring needs.


“Deerfoot Consulting is the trusted partner who develops our SDSs for use in the oil and gas industry. We have some specific regulatory & business needs that they understand and they can offer solutions right away. Using Deerfoot Consulting, we’ve been able to avoid regulatory pitfalls. We asked others in the industry who we should get to prepare our SDSs and the response all came back naming Deerfoot Consulting.”
                                                                                    George Sgouromitis, CRSP

Contact us if you need SDS Authoring