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Safety Data Sheets

In March 2012 the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) was revised to be consistent with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  This revision included the shift from MSDSs to SDSs.  Effective June 1, 2015, manufacturers must comply with GHS labeling regulations and have available SDSs and label revisions for all hazardous chemicals and elements.  Distributors of these chemical products must comply beginning December 1st.

The HCS requires that manufacturers provide employers and distributors with Safety Data Sheets (SDS) of updated hazardous chemical products.  The SDSs are the new format of the formerly Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDSs.  These revised SDSs consist of largely the same information as the former MSDS, but are now required to be formatted in a more consistent 16-section specified order.  This information must be in English, as well as any other language deemed necessary.

In compliance with these revisions, the labels of hazardous chemical products must now contain, at minimum, the following information; product identifiers, signal words, hazard statement(s), pictograms, precautionary statements, and the contact information of the manufacturer.  This information is required to set forth the specific content and information of the specified chemical product.

For more information on these new regulations, please click here.