California requires online SDS for cosmetic and disinfectants containing hazardous ingredients


Assembly Bill No. 647


An act to add Section 6390.2 to the Labor Code, relating to occupational safety


AB 647, Kalra. Hazardous substances: cosmetics: disinfectants: safety documents.

Existing law, the Hazardous Substances Information and Training Act, prescribes the rights and duties of employers who use hazardous substances, people who sell a hazardous substance to employers in California, and manufacturers who produce or sell hazardous substances. Existing law requires the Director of Industrial Relations to establish a list of hazardous substances and make the list available to manufacturers, employers, and the public. Existing law requires the manufacturer of a hazardous substance on that list to prepare and provide its direct purchasers of the hazardous substance a material safety data sheet, referred to as an MSDS, containing specified information that is current, accurate, and complete.

This bill, beginning July 1, 2020, would require an entity that manufactures or imports a hazardous substance or mixture of substances that constitutes a cosmetic or is used as a disinfectant, as defined, that is required to create a safety data sheet (SDS) for that product, to post and maintain the SDS on its internet website, as prescribed, by its brand name or other commonly known name in a manner generally accessible to the public. If a separate SDS based on color or tint exists, the bill would require the entity to post and translate each SDS. The bill would require the entity to translate the SDS into Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Korean, and other languages that the director may determine are common to the beauty care industry, and to make these translations also publicly available on its website.

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