Information found on the SDS can not be used to determine 100% the level of toxicity in a given product. those only serve as a guide for first aid treatment. Those papers are worded by the manufacturer in a convenient and efficient way as to not scare the users. Some companies decide to just write it like it should be and some others choose a different set of words that convey the same message to the first aid team and organizations in charge of defining what the product can or cannot do to living creatures or plants.
lets see this description for example since it is one that Rob chose.
Causes skin corrosion
When one reads that in a given label one tends to get scared or at least, get more concerned as to what the product may do to you your clients or the environment.
Causes skin irritation
When one reads the above description things change. the way one feels about the product dramatically changes our perspective and the fears or concerns decrease a great deal.
And we all know that skin irritation is simply a more subtle way to let people know that the potential to skin corrosion does exist. Same thing different words.
In order for us to know exactly what the "dangers" will be we need to know the exact concentration and the required "environment" for the use of the product and also if there are other components that will diminish the effect of the reaction of a given ingredient during the formulation. Then and only then, we will be able to determine if its safe or if its not or if the allegations of "dangerous" about any given product hold true.
Now, I have taken as example the soap that we use to take showers and even to bathe our babies. All of this soaps are made with high concentrations of sodium Hydroxide. One of the most carcinogenic chemicals in the industry. Yet, we, all of us, use it everyday and we never ever worry about our safety or that of our children and babies. Heck, even, neutrogena soap bars are recommended by most dermatologist worldwide as the safest soaps to use.
Being this said, here is a picture of the SDS of a surfactant that Rob uses widely in almost all of his products. Read the description given by the master manufacturer of this surfactant and see for yourselves that the description on at least one of the ingredients of Robs products has the same effects as those of the other products in question. Does this mean Robs products are dangerous? Of course, but only as dangerous as the most of the products in the market and I'm sure those have been formulated to not put you at risk at any given moment as well as the others in question.
I hope this helps you guys to determine whether your products are as dangerous as the competitors tell you they are and if in doubt, call the technical support. They will be able to clear up your doubts and to better guide you on the proper use of the product. It is not only that you deserve it; it is the law.
Any question please post them here, I will answer them all to the best of my knowledge or I will get my formulators involved to help you guys make educated decisions when choosing products and using them.
PS I don't sell products I'm not a guru or Messiah I just happen to have been formulating with the collaboration of an experienced formulator and other students for over 5 years now.