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  • Writer's pictureSebastian Cron - Quality Manager

Regulation Compliance and The Proper Translation of Data Safety Sheets

A safety data sheet (SDS) is a piece of documentation detailing the important information needed to safely handle and operate a piece of equipment. Typically, an SDS lists the occupational safety guidelines for the proper use of the equipment, and it is crucial these are translated properly by a professional manufacturing translations service provider to ensure the safety of employees and users all over the world.


Every region of the world has its own safety regulations, making compliance with local safety authorities critical when translating safety data sheets. Here are some steps to ensure compliance with local safety regulations.

  1. Know the Local Regulations. Local regulations governing SDSs vary from country to country. It is imperative to be aware of the local regulations when creating each safety data sheet, as there can be various, country-specific regulatory requirements that must be abided by.

  2. Use Qualified Translators. SDSs contain technical terminology that requires specialist knowledge. It is essential to use qualified translators who have expertise in the specific industry and understand the technical terminology of the source and target languages. At Language Intelligence, all of our translators have specific expertise within the manufacturing industry and frequently translate SDSs. This means the linguist selected for your project will be familiar with the technical terminology required for these specific projects.

  3. Use Consistent Terminology. Consistent terminology is critical when translating SDSs. Our translators will ensure that the terminology used in the translation is consistent with what is used in the original document and will be easily understood by the reader.

  4. Follow the Correct Format. SDSs have a specific format that must be followed. Our multilingual DTP team will adapt the translated content to ensure it adheres to the same format and layout as the original document. This includes the use of headings, numbering, and section titles.

  5. Provide Accurate Translation. The accuracy of the translated SDS is critical for compliance with local safety authorities. Language Intelligence provides certified translations and guarantees our translations are of the highest quality, free of errors.

  6. Use Quality Assurance Processes.The translation of SDSs must undergo rigorous quality assurance processes to ensure accuracy and compliance with local safety regulations. This includes proofreading, editing, and reviewing by qualified personnel. Language Intelligence is ISO-certified in the 9001:2015 standard as proof to our customers how important translation quality assurance is to us as a company.

Overall, complying with local safety authorities requires a high level of attention to detail and adherence to local regulations. It is essential to use qualified translators and quality assurance processes to ensure compliance with local safety authorities. To learn more about our comprehensive manufacturing translation services and how we can help your manufacturing business expand into global markets, contact us today.


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