Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)

  1. What are SDSs?
    • SDSs are documents (paper or electronic) supplied by manufacturers which provide product users with detailed information on hazardous chemicals.
    • Information found in SDS documents includes, but is not limited to, the product name, chemical abstract service numbers, composition, handling precautions, type of personal protective equipment recommended, physical and health hazards, storage requirements, emergency and first-aid procedures, the date the SDS was prepared, name, address and telephone number of the chemical manufacturer or the importer. See table below for SDS information, section by section.
  2. Section 1Identification of Product Product identifier; manufacturer or distributor name, address, phone #; emergency phone #; recommended use; restrictions on use.
    Section 2Hazards Identification All hazards regarding the chemical; required labeling elements.
    Section 3Composition/ Ingredients Information on chemical ingredients; trade secret claims.
    Section 4First Aid Measures Important symptoms/effects, acute, delayed; required treatment.
    Section 5Fire-Fighting Measures Suitable extinguishing techniques, equipment; chemical hazards from fire.
    Section 6Accidental Release Measures Emergency procedures; protective equipment; proper methods of containment and cleanup.
    Section 7Handling and Storage Precautions for safe handling and storage, including incompatibilities.
    Section 8Exposure Controls/Personal Protection Exposure limits used/recommended by manufacturer/importer, engineering controls and personal protective equipment (PPE)
    Section 9Physical/ Chemical Properties Chemical’s characteristics.
    Section 10Stability and Reactivity Chemical stability and possibility of hazardous reactions.
    Section 11Toxicity Information Routes of exposure; related symptoms, acute and chronic effects; numerical measures of toxicity.
    Section 12Ecological Information Other Agencies regulate this information; OSHA does not enforce Sections 12 through 15 (29 CFR 1910.1200(g)(2)).
    Section 13Disposal Considerations
    Section 14Transport Information
    Section 15Regulatory Information
    Section 16Other InformationThe date of preparation or last revision.
    • Employers must ensure that SDSs are readily accessible to employees.
    • For details about each section, see OSHA's Brief on SDSs.
  3. Where do I find SDS for the products used in my workplace?
    • SDS must be available for each hazardous chemical or chemical product used and must be readily accessible to employees. You should be informed of the location of the SDS when you begin working in your area. All employees should review SDS documents prior to using hazardous chemicals.
    • The HazCom Coordinator or designee is responsible for obtaining SDS documents for the department when new chemicals are procured. This person also reviews incoming SDS documents for safety and health information to convey pertinent information and training to affected employees.
    • The following links provide assistance to obtaining new and replacing old versions of SDSs:
      1. How do I replace my old MSDSs with the newly formatted SDSs?
      2. Verifying format of MSDS / SDS