Translating for the EU Industry: Working with Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)

Format: Webinar presentations
Topic: Technical & scientific documents translation

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Start time:Feb 26, 2016 13:00 GMT     Add to calendar

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Language:English
Summary:This webinar shall help you acquire full awareness of the legal framework of a text that doesn't leave anything to chance and learn how to deliver an accurate and precise translation.
Description
Over the past few years I have often been asked to translate a document characterised by a very precise structure and content: the Safety Data Sheet (SDS). I understood why soon enough: in light of the daily usage several professional sectors make of hazardous chemicals, legislators have intensified not only the approval of laws and regulations aimed at protecting people and the environment, but also the harmonisation of classification and labelling systems for substances and mixtures. At a European level this has led, among other things, to the development of communication tools about dangers and countermeasures that must be written according to specific rules across the entire EU and must be "supplied in an official language of the Member State(s) where the substance or preparation is placed on the market". Safety Data Sheets are one main example of such tools.

This webinar aims at exploring the characteristics of a Safety Data Sheet, highlighting the difficulties inherent in its translation and describing some essential strategies for ensuring that SDS translations into any EU official language are not only correct and precise, but also – and more importantly – comply with the law.

Training program:

* Safety Data Sheets (SDSs): A Brief Introduction
* Legal Bases: Translators Beware!
* The Obstacle Course of "Mandatory Copying and Pasting"...
* … and How to Deal with Texts Left to Our "Free Will"
* Referring to Reliable Websites: Which and How

Some feedback from others on this course's trainer:


"It is the first time I followed a webinar by Elisa Farina, but I can affirm she is very professional and a very good trainer. Very clear in her explanations. She gave very good examples of translation in different languages. I liked her approach very much."
LindaLattuca


"Elisa seems to be one of those professionals really in love with their job and she is able to convey her enthusiasm. She also seems to be a very nice and respectful person. It was pleasant to attend her webinar."
Monica Catena


Target audience
This webinar was conceived for professionals who:
• translate into any of the EU official languages;
• consider quality and accuracy essential elements of their professional activity;
• want to acquire the necessary skills to provide a highly demanded service in the industrial and commercial sector.
Learning objectives
This webinar aims at helping translators:
• familiarise themselves with the typical format of a Safety Data Sheet (SDS);
• identify and find the EU legal texts upon which their translation must necessarily be based;
• effectively manage references to regulations by non-EU bodies;
• direct and focus their terminological and conceptual research on reliable sources.
Prerequisites
Attendees need not worry about any other prerequisite aside from being able to follow a webinar delivered in English.
Program
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• Safety Data Sheets (SDSs): A Brief Introduction
• Legal Basis: Translators Beware!
• The Obstacle Course of "Mandatory Copying and Pasting"...
• … and How to Deal with Texts Left to Our "Free Will"
• Referring to Reliable Websites: Which and How
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To Use VoIP (microphone and speakers or headset):

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• NOT required: Microphone - attendees can communicate with the trainer through incorporated chat.

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Trainer
 Elisa Farina    View feedback | View all courses
Bio: Elisa Farina è attiva nel campo della traduzione, dell’interpretazione, della revisione e dell’insegnamento dal 2009. Di madrelingua italiana, conta tra le proprie lingue di lavoro lo spagnolo, il tedesco, l’inglese e il francese. Nel corso della propria esperienza professionale, ha avuto modo di specializzarsi in particolare negli ambiti della tecnica, del turismo e della politica, imparando ad affrontare sfide assai diverse, ma in egual modo entusiasmanti.

Elisa Farina has been working as a professional translator, interpreter, proofreader and teacher since 2009. She is a native Italian speaker and her working languages are English, Spanish, German and French. Over the years she has had the opportunity to specialize in the technical, tourist and political fields, learning to deal with very different but equally exciting challenges.
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Translating for the EU Industry: Working with Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)

bartpauly Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 09:08
Member (2015)
English to Dutch
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Previous experienceFeb 11, 2016

Hi Elisa,

This sounds really interesting, I know there is a quite big demand in this type of translations. However, I still don't have experience in translating for the EU nor in this type of texts. Moreover, I'm not yet a sworn translator (this will change). Is this course something for me (now)?

Thanks in advance!


 

Elisa Farina Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 09:08
Member (2009)
German to Italian
+ ...
No need for specific previous experienceFeb 11, 2016

Hi Bart,

thank you very much for raising the subject! I'm sure that more than one colleague has the same doubts as you.

The first useful bit of information is that you don't need to be a sworn translator to translate a SDS. Although this kind of document has some very important legal bases and may have serious legal consequences (especially in the case of accident), its translation doesn't need to be sworn.

Second, there's really no need for you to have already t
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Hi Bart,

thank you very much for raising the subject! I'm sure that more than one colleague has the same doubts as you.

The first useful bit of information is that you don't need to be a sworn translator to translate a SDS. Although this kind of document has some very important legal bases and may have serious legal consequences (especially in the case of accident), its translation doesn't need to be sworn.

Second, there's really no need for you to have already translated SDSs in the past. The first edition of this same webinar was attended by colleagues who had already translated SDSs and by others who had never seen a SDS in their lives. These two groups of people were seeking different kinds of knowledge: those in group A looked for confirmation or for some additional rules or strategies they didn't know about and that would help them work better (more than one has admitted to having made mistakes when translating SDSs in the past; that's OK, the important thing is they don't do the same in the future); those in group B (like you) wished to learn the techniques from scratch. My webinar is designed to satisfy both groups: I start from the basics and work my way through a SDS.

Third, to know something about the way the EU legal system works is a plus, but not a must. I'm quite sure you can follow my explanation even if you don't know all about regulations and directives.

I hope this answers your questions! If not, please ask.

I hope to "see" you on the 26th.

Elisa

[Edited at 2016-02-11 12:21 GMT]
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mmonfar Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 09:08
English to Spanish
exposure scenariosFeb 26, 2016

Hi Elisa,

will you talk about exposure scenarios as a part of the MSDS?


 

Elisa Farina Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 09:08
Member (2009)
German to Italian
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No exposure scenariosFeb 26, 2016

Hi mmonfar,

thanks for your question.

I'm sorry but no, I won't talk about exposure scenarios. I hope you'll find the other details I'll share with you interesting, too.

Elisa

[Edited at 2016-02-26 12:35 GMT]


 

Fatima Noronha Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 08:08
Member (2012)
English to Portuguese
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Video recording of the sessionMar 1, 2016

hello

I am trying to access the video recording of this webminar as I missed the last 40 minutes of it. However the video centre is asking me for a payment (which I already did when I enrolled in the webminar!) . Can you please tell me how can I have access to this resource as the deadline is next friday.

Thank you in advance

Fátima


 

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