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Chemical Safety : SDS

Safety resources available from the library and online

SDS Format

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) (29 CFR 1910.1200(g)), revised in 2012, requires that the chemical manufacturer, distributor, or importer provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDSs) for each hazardous chemical to downstream users to communicate information on these hazards.  As of June 1, 2015, the Hazard Communication Standard will require new SDSs to be in a uniform format. The information contained in the SDS is largely the same as the MSDS, except now the SDSs are required to be presented in a consistent user-friendly, 16-section format.

SDS from Manufacturers

For most laboratory chemicals, an SDS will be available from the manufacturer.

Terms and Abbreviations

While most references will define any abbreviations or acronyms when they are first used, here is a list of some common terms used in safety documents.

Safety Labeling

NFPA 704 Hazard Identification System