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Safety Data Sheets

environmental health & safety

Please note: In 2013 the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted global standards in documenting health and safety information for chemicals. The new information sheet is the SAFETY DATA SHEET (SDS). For the purposes of chemical users, the MSDS and SDS are equivalent.

In accordance with OSHA requirements 29 CFR.1910.120 and 1910.1450 an SDS must be readily available during each work shift to employees when they are in their work areas.

An SDS is a detailed informational document prepared by the manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical. It describes the physical and chemical properties of the product in a set format. Information included in an SDS aids in the selection of safe products, personal protective equipment and spill control measures.

Information Requirements for Created Chemicals