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Safety Data Sheets (SDS) - is an information sheet for use in workplace chemical management. They provide basic information about a product's content, potential hazards and physical characteristics as well as providing information necessary to allow the product to be used safely. SDS's are used globally and replace the MSDS with a standardized format that provides more consistent information from all chemical manufacturers and/or distributors.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) requires manufacturers or distributors of hazardous materials to assess the physical and health hazards of chemicals or products and provide that information in a SDS. The manufacturer or distributor must forward the SDS to the purchaser with the initial shipment of each product free of charge. Based on the new Globally Harmonized System, Safety Data Sheets are required to have a specific 16 section format that must contain the same hazard information.
OSHA requires that Safety Data Sheets be available for every chemical used in the workplace for employees to view anytime during their work shift. SDS should be available in your laboratory, your departmental office, or the EH&S "SDS Resource" webpage.
The following example is based upon the required OSHA Globally Harmonized System, Safety Data Sheet 16 section format:
If you need assistance, contact EH&S at 252-328-6166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.