What are Safety Data Sheets?

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Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are written or printed materials with information about hazardous chemicals. These documents are provided by the manufacturer or importer of the chemical. They include what chemicals are in a product, the physical and health hazards of those chemicals and what steps must be taken to prevent adverse effects when using the product.

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The Hazard Communication Standard requires a written hazard communication program to be in place. This written program requires:

  • SDSs to be obtained and accessible for all chemicals used in the workplace
  • A chemical inventory list
  • Training for all employees to assure they know:
    • How to read and understand the SDSs
    • The health and physical hazards of the materials they could be exposed to
    • The proper controls to safely handle the chemicals used