Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)

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Safety Data Sheets (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDSs) are a valuable source of information on the hazardous properties of chemicals.   The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard [29 CFR 1910.1200(g)] requires:

Chemical manufacturers and importers shall obtain or develop a safety data sheet for each hazardous chemical they produce or import. Employers shall have a safety data sheet in the workplace for each hazardous chemical which they use.”

All SDSs must follow, at a minimum, the same 16 section format as outlined in the UN Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), Revision 3, issued in the Federal Register, March 26, 2012.   This rule became effective May 25, 2012.

The sections are as follows:

  1. Identification of the substance or mixture and of the supplier
  2. Hazards Identification
  3. Composition/Information on Ingredients
  4. First-Aid Measures
  5. Firefighting Measures
  6. Accidental Release Measures
  7. Handling and Storage
  8. Exposure Controls/Personal Protection
  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

For detailed training on what information is required in each Safety Data Sheet section take our Lab Safety training  course, " Understanding Safety Data Sheets".

SDS for products used at UAF may be accessed through our SDS Management Vendor, MSDS Online.   There are two ways to access MSDS Online:

  1. Through the EHS Assistant Program and your chemical inventory
  2. Or go here and log on to the program using your UAF username and password.   

If you would like to learn more about EHS Assistant Program, contact the Assistant Industrial Hygienist at 474-5197 or the Hazardous Materials Supervisor at 474-5617

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