SAFETY DATA SHEETS
The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) of OSHA requires chemical manufacturers, distributors, or importers to provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDSs) to communicate the hazards of hazardous chemical products. As of June 1, 2015, the HCS will require new SDSs to be in a uniform format, and include the section numbers, the headings, and associated information under the headings below:
Section 1, Identification includes product identifier; manufacturer or distributor name, address, phone number; emergency phone number; recommended use; restrictions on use.
Section 2, Hazard(s) identification includes all hazards regarding the chemical; required label elements.
Section 3, Composition/information on ingredients includes information on chemical ingredients; trade secret claims.
Section 4, First-aid measures includes important symptoms/effects, acute, delayed; required treatment.
Section 5, Fire-fighting measures lists suitable extinguishing techniques, equipment; chemical hazards from fire.
Section 6, Accidental release measures lists emergency procedures; protective equipment; proper methods of containment and cleanup.
Section 7, Handling and storage lists precautions for safe handling and storage, including incompatibilities
Section 8, Exposure controls/personal protection lists OSHA’s Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs); Threshold Limit Values (TLVs); appropriate engineering controls; personal protective equipment (PPE).
Section 9, Physical and chemical properties lists the chemical’s characteristics.
Section 10, Stability and reactivity lists chemical stability and possibility of hazardous reactions.
Section 11, Toxicological information includes routes of exposure; related symptoms, acute and chronic effects; numerical measures of toxicity.
Section 12, Ecological information*
Section 13, Disposal considerations*
Section 14, Transport information*
Section 15, Regulatory information*
* Regulated by other agencies.
Section 16, Other information, includes the date of preparation or last revision.
SITES FOR MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS AND OTHER INFORMATION
The following sites are not maintained by Henderson State University but may be useful sources of MSDS´s and chemical information. Please call the Chemical Hygiene Officer at 230-5164 if you have any questions regarding the information provided.
Safety Data Sheets for products from our main suppliers of chemicals can be found at the following sites:
You can also search for a specific MSDS by putting the chemical name into a Google search followed by “MSDS”. Another main source for MSDS and other safety information is:
- Maintained by the Vermont Safety Information Resources, Inc. database.
Other sites for chemical information are:
ATSDR Fact Sheets - Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Fact Sheets provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Environmental Health and Safety Online Safety Library.
Chem Finder.com - Search the Internet for chemical information using this search engine.
Chemical Fact Sheets - Chemical information provided by EPA´s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxins.
EXTONET - Search this database for information on pesticides (Pesticide Information Profiles).
National Toxicology Program - Chemical Health and Safety data from the National Toxicology Program.
NIH Fact Sheets - National Institutes of Environmental Health Brochures and Fact Sheets.
NIOSH - Pocket Guide to Chemicals provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.