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What is an SDS?. Safety Data Sheets. Formerly MSDS Required by OSHA in the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) – not effective until June 1, 2015 Standardized sections (compared to MSDS) – 16 of them Used to communicate hazards. Major Changes/Impact of GHS. > Section 2 of the SDS

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safety data sheets
Safety Data Sheets
  • Formerly MSDS
  • Required by OSHA in the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) – not effective until June 1, 2015
  • Standardized sections (compared to MSDS) – 16 of them
  • Used to communicate hazards
major changes impact of ghs
Major Changes/Impact of GHS

> Section 2 of the SDS

  • 9 pictograms that visually describe hazards
  • 2 signal words (danger and warning) that describe the hazards
  • 72 individual and 17 combined precautionary statements
  • Click here for a handout of the GHS Pictograms
signal words
Signal Words
  • Two signal words; used to indicate the relative level of severity of the hazard:
    • Danger
    • Warning
  • Danger indicates a more serious hazard than warning
hazard precautionary statements
Hazard/precautionary statements
  • Click here to see how signal words, pictograms, hazard statements, and precautionary statements come together for each hazard class
sds section titles
SDS Section Titles
  • Identification
  • Hazard(s) identification
  • Composition/information on ingredients
  • First-aid measures
  • Fire-fighting measures
  • Accidental release measures
  • Handling and storage
sds section titles1
SDS Section Titles
  • Exposure controls/personal protection
  • Physical and chemical properties
  • Stability and reactivity
  • Toxicological information
  • Ecological information
  • Disposal considerations
  • Transport information
  • Regulatory information
  • Other information
who is responsible for reviewing sds
Who is responsible for reviewing SDS?
  • Anyone using a material should review the SDS first
  • Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that employees have access to SDS
  • If there is an accident involving an exposure to a hazardous materials, take a copy of the SDS to the health care provider
for additional sds information
For additional SDS information
  • UC Denver EHS website on SDS
  • SDS Hyperglossary — A search site by Interactive Learning Paradigms, inc.
  • SDS-SEARCH — A fairly comprehensive compilation of SDS databases. Includes some listed below.
  • Fisher Scientific — SDS information is available from Fisher by clicking on the Safety Information button at the end of the catalogue listing for a particular chemical substance.
  • Sigma Aldrich — Sigma Aldrich Safety Data Sheets are now available on line. You should register ahead of time for quicker access.
  • VWR Scientific - SDS sheets for VWR chemicals.
  • Vermont Safety Information Resources on the Internet (SIRI)