Safety Data Sheets

The Safety Data Sheet (SDS), formerly known as the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), is provided by the manufacturer, distributor, or importer of a chemical to provide information about the substance and its use.

The SDS, unlike the MSDS, is required to present the information in a uniform manner. This information includes:

  • The properties of each chemical
  • The physical, health, and environmental health hazards
  • Protective measures
  • Safety precautions for handling, storing, disposing of, and transporting the chemical

The GHS provides standard language or “building blocks” for communicating the hazards of chemicals in the SDS, just as on chemical labels. These “building blocks” include the use of specific signal words, pictograms, hazard statements, and precautionary statements.

SDS Section Numbers and Headings

  • Section 1: Identification
  • Section 2: Hazard(s) identification
  • Section 3: Composition/information on ingredients
  • Section 4: First-aid measures
  • Section 5: Fire-fighting measures
  • Section 6: Accidental release measures
  • Section 7: Handling and storage
  • Section 8: Exposure controls/personal protection
  • Section 9: Physical and chemical properties
  • Section 10: Stability and reactivity
  • Section 11: Toxicological information
  • Section 12: Ecological information
  • Section 13: Disposal considerations
  • Section 14: Transport information
  • Section 15: Regulatory information
  • Section 16: Other information

Source: OSHA. Hazard Communication Standard: Safety Data Sheets, 2012. www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3514.html (accessed June 19, 2015).