An SDS (formerly known as MSDS) includes information such as the properties of each chemical; the physical, health, and environmental health hazards; protective measures; and safety precautions for handling, storing and transporting the chemical.

It provides guidance for each specific chemical on things such as:

• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

• First aid procedures

• Spill clean-up procedures

Who needs to
have SDS's?

• OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200) and Lab Safety Standard (1910.1450) both require that an SDS be readily accessible during each work shift to employees when they are in their work area(s).

• Laboratories, facilities, or shops that use chemicals must obtain an SDS that is specific to each chemical used in the workplace.