Chemical manufacturers and importers must obtain or develop a SDS for each hazardous chemical they produce or import in English (other languages may also be included if appropriate). SDS are detailed informational documents of hazardous chemicals which defines the physical and chemical properties of the product, and is planned to provide end users in laboratories, workers and emergency personnel with consistent and readily understandable information regarding safe procedures for handling, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill and emergency response.
With the revised Hazard Communication Standard, SDS are standardized and presented in 16-section format that is used and recognized globally. These 16-sections include;
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); ACGIH Threshold Limit Values (TLVs); and any other exposure limit used or recommended by the chemical manufacturer, importer, or employer preparing the SDS where available as well as 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.
*Note: Since other Agencies regulate this information, OSHA will not be enforcing Sections 12 through 15 (29 CFR 1910.1200(g)(2)).
All employees who work with hazardous chemicals must be able to readily access an updated SDS during each work shift from their work areas.
Electronic access and other alternatives to maintaining paper copies of the safety data sheets are permitted as long as no barriers to immediate employee access in each workplace are created by such options. So departments may create their own SDS folder(s) on UW-Stevens Point chemical inventory online program Chemwatch which available on Risk Management home page as well as EHS ChemWatch web page.