Understanding the Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
The main objective of this session is to describe the purpose of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and introduce you to the safety data sheet (SDS). By the time the session is over, you should be able to understand the GHS and how it affects hazard communication in the workplace; recognize how the SDS improves your access to vital safety, health, and environmental information about chemicals used in the workplace; and identify the 16 sections of the SDS and the information contained in each section.
Why “Understanding the Safety Data Sheet (SDS)” Matters:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA) Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard requires employers to communicate about hazards in the workplace. Two key ways to do that is with labels on chemical containers and the SDS (formerly material safety data sheet (MSDS). The MSDS has been an essential part of basic safety in the workplace for decades.
- It’s essential to safety and health to have and know how to find complete and accurate information about the substances employees work with.
- The SDS provides the information needed to prevent accidents and exposures that can be hazardous or toxic.
- How to use the SDS for information on substances used on the job.