Foundation vision

  • Workplace occupational health and safety 
  • Genuine global regulatory harmonisation
  • Universal use of SharedSDS

If a safety data sheet needs to be different in different jurisdictions there is something wrong.

How can the same substance have different hazards in different places? This is a drag on workplace safety and international trade.

How can under-privileged and under-informed workers protect themselves when they are desperate for work in emerging economies? Answers to these questions are central to the SharedSDS vision and the Foundation is here to support SharedSDS.

Foundation objectives

  • Support the SharedSDS user community
  • Protect the long term viability of SharedSDS as an open source development
  • Fund ongoing SharedSDS software development toward the SharedSDS vision
  • Contribute to global regulatory harmonisation:
    • Maintain a Harmonisation Council to advise the Foundation
    • Maintain liaison with regional industry groups
    • Assist jurisdictions to develop standardised APIs to publish authoritative information
    • Generate website reports on demand listing jurisdictional differences from the GHS
    • Publish a contributed Code-of-Practice database for industry at no charge

SharedSDS Foundation context

SharedSDS overview

SharedSDS Foundation will not lobby regulators directly. Arrows on the right of the above diagram simplify the relationship which will in fact be with existing industry associations and other lobby groups who already interact with regulators. See the role of the Harmonisation Council.

Harmonisation Council

The Harmonisation Council is appointed by the Board of the Foundation to advise and develop strategy aimed at global regulatory harmonisation. Special Interest Groups (SIG) will be recruited to develop business cases to support industry associations lobbying for targeted (rather than wholesale) regulatory harmonisation.


The SharedSDS Foundation will be an autonomous division of a public limited company to be called SharedSDS Limited. Certain steps leading to incorporation cannot be taken out-of-sequence. Until incorporated, Climate Pty Ltd (a private company registered in Melbourne) will host the Foundation and operate as described here.