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Safety Data Sheets

Overview

Safety Data Sheets (SDS's), formally known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS's) are provided by manufacturers of various chemical materials and are now made in a standard format that is uniformly reported regardless of a material's origin or manufacturer. SDS's consist of 16 different standardized sections which describe the material in sufficient detail to protect against material exposure and provide guidance for emergency response situations.

Note: SDS's must be capable of being produced when asked as a requirement for regulatory compliance. Failure to produce an SDS when prompted by EH&S or a regulatory agency can result in regulatory enforcement action(s).

SDS Sections

SECTION 1: Identification of the substance/mixture and of the company/undertaking

  • 1.1. Product identifier
  • 1.2. Relevant identified uses of the substance or mixture and uses advised against
  • 1.3. Details of the supplier of the safety data sheet
  • 1.4. Emergency telephone number

SECTION 2: Hazards identification

  • 2.1. Classification of the substance or mixture
  • 2.2. Label elements
  • 2.3. Other hazards

SECTION 3: Composition/information on ingredients

  • 3.1. Substances
  • 3.2. Mixtures

SECTION 4: First aid measures

  • 4.1. Description of first aid measures
  • 4.2. Most important symptoms and effects, both acute and delayed
  • 4.3. Indication of any immediate medical attention and special treatment needed

SECTION 5: Firefighting measures

  • 5.1. Extinguishing media
  • 5.2. Special hazards arising from the substance or mixture
  • 5.3. Advice for firefighters

SECTION 6: Accidental release measures

  • 6.1. Personal precautions, protective equipment and emergency procedures
  • 6.2. Environmental precautions
  • 6.3. Methods and material for containment and cleaning up
  • 6.4. Reference to other sections

SECTION 7: Handling and storage

  • 7.1. Precautions for safe handling
  • 7.2. Conditions for safe storage, including any incompatibilities
  • 7.3. Specific end use(s)

SECTION 8: Exposure controls/personal protection

  • 8.1. Control parameters
  • 8.2. Exposure controls

SECTION 9: Physical and chemical properties

  • 9.1. Information on basic physical and chemical properties
  • 9.2. Other information

SECTION 10: Stability and reactivity

  • 10.1. Reactivity
  • 10.2. Chemical stability
  • 10.3. Possibility of hazardous reactions
  • 10.4. Conditions to avoid
  • 10.5. Incompatible materials
  • 10.6. Hazardous decomposition products

SECTION 11: Toxicological information

  • 11.1. Information on toxicological effects

SECTION 12: Ecological information

  • 12.1. Toxicity
  • 12.2. Persistence and degradability
  • 12.3. Bioaccumulative potential
  • 12.4. Mobility in soil
  • 12.5. Results of PBT and vPvB assessment
  • 12.6. Other adverse effects

SECTION 13: Disposal considerations

  • 13.1. Waste treatment methods

SECTION 14: Transport information

  • 14.1. UN number
  • 14.2. UN proper shipping name
  • 14.3. Transport hazard class(es)
  • 14.4. Packing group
  • 14.5. Environmental hazards
  • 14.6. Special precautions for user
  • 14.7. Transport in bulk according to Annex II of MARPOL73/78 and the IBC Code

SECTION 15: Regulatory information

  • 15.1. Safety, health and environmental regulations/legislation specific for the substance or mixture
  • 15.2. Chemical safety assessment

SECTION 16: Other information