Safet Data Sheet Info
Safety Data Sheet Info
(formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDSs)
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Safety Data Sheets are documents required for specific products by United States Federal Law 29 CFR 1910.1200. According to federal law, manufacturers and importers of chemical products must produce a SDS for each hazardous chemical they produce or import. This law also requires U.S. employers to have a SDS in the workplace for each chemical that they use. A SDS explains the hazards associated with the product, as well as what precautions to take to avoid those hazards.
NEW Hazard Communication Safety Data Sheets (SDS) Globally Harmonized System
Please link to the address below for a GHS training video provided by Maine "SafetyWorks" and The Maine Community College System.
The Globally Harmonized System is an internationally agreed system designed to provide a consistent format across international boundaries to ensure chemical hazards can be clearly understood by users
In 2012, OSHA revised the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) which requires chemical manufacturers, distributors, or importers to provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDSs) to communicate the hazards of hazardous chemical products. As of June 1, 2015, the HCS will require new SDSs to be in a uniform format, and include the section numbers, the headings, and associated information under the headings below:
Section 1, Identification includes product identifier; manufacturer or distributor name, address, phone number; emergency phone number; recommended use; restrictions on use.
Section 2, Hazard(s) identification includes all hazards regarding the chemical; required label elements.
Section 3, Composition/information on ingredients includes information on chemical ingredients; trade secret claims.
Section 4, First-aid measures includes important symptoms/ effects, acute, delayed; required treatment.
Section 5, Fire-fighting measures lists suitable extinguishing techniques, equipment; chemical hazards from fire.
Section 6, Accidental release measures lists emergency procedures; protective equipment; proper methods of containment and cleanup.
Section 7, Handling and storage lists precautions for safe handling and storage, including incompatibilities.
Section 8, Exposure controls/personal protection lists OSHA's Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs); Threshold Limit Values (TLVs); appropriate engineering controls; personal protective equipment (PPE).
Section 9, Physical and chemical properties lists the chemical's characteristics.
Section 10, Stability and reactivity lists chemical stability and possibility of hazardous reactions.
Section 11, Toxicological information includes routes of exposure; related symptoms, acute and chronic effects; numerical measures of toxicity.
Section 12, Ecological information
Section 13, Disposal considerations
Section 14, Transport information
Section 15, Regulatory information
Section 16, Other information, includes the date of preparation or last revision.
Employers must ensure that SDSs are readily accessible to employees.