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Chemical Safety : Safety Data Sheets

Safety resources available from the library and online

SDS Format

The Hazard Communication Standard from OSHA requires that all chemical manufacturers, distributors, or importers provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDSs) to downstream users. SDS include information such as chemical properties; the physical, health, and environmental health hazards; protective measures; and safety precautions for handling, storing, and transporting the chemical.

Finding SDS

For most laboratory chemicals, an SDS will be available from the manufacturer. Electronic, microfiche and other alternatives to paper copies of SDS are permitted as long as no barriers exist to immediate employee access on all work shifts.

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