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Safety Data Sheet Requirements

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are the simplest place to learn about the hazards associated with a chemical. Since the UN’s adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), SDS have begun to phase out Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). The new SDS contain 16 standardized sections. All SDS must contain the following sections, except for sections 12-15 which are optional:

  1. Product identification
  2. Hazard identification
  3. Chemical composition
  4. First-aid measures
  5. Fire-fighting measures
  6. Accidental release measures
  7. Handling and storage
  8. Exposure controls and Personal Protective Equipment
  9. Physical and chemical properties
  10. Stability and reactivity
  11. Toxicological information
  12. Ecological information
  13. Disposal considerations
  14. Transport information
  15. Regulatory information
  16. Other information

Manufacturers must provide SDS to the consumer (you) on the first shipment of a chemical order and the order following any changes made to the SDS. SDS are often available on a manufacturer’s website.

A collection of SDS for each chemical present in the workplace must be maintained. This collection of SDS may be printed in a notebook or be found online provided there are no barriers to employee access to the information. If the same chemical is purchased from multiple manufacturers, there must be an SDS for that chemical from each manufacturer in the SDS collection. The SDS should be the most current version for the product in use or in storage.