Where do I find MSDS sheets?

Go on the website of the manufacturer of the product. Once you are on the manufacturer’s website, see if they have a section where they make their MSDSs/SDSs available to the public. You can then search through their MSDSs/SDSs and locate the one for your product.

Are safety data sheets free?

Chemical Safety’s SDS and GHS database is a free service available to organizations of all types.

Who are safety data sheets available to?

Employers must make sure that all controlled products have an up-to-date (less than three years old) MSDS when it enters the workplace. The MSDSs must be readily available to the workers who are exposed to the controlled product and to the health and safety committee or representative.

Are safety data sheets available to all employees?

No. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, 1910.1200 contains the minimum required elements for an employee information and training program. While SDS’s are a necessary part of these requirements, merely making these available or distributing them to employees is insufficient.

What should you do if you can’t find the safety data sheet?

If you are unable to find a SDS from the source where the chemical is purchased, we recommend that you contact the nearest OSHA office and file a complaint including complete background information on the situation. They will call and send a certified letter to the supplier to obtain the needed information.

What is SDS stand for?

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) (29 CFR 1910.1200(g)), revised in 2012, requires that the chemical manufacturer, distributor, or importer provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly MSDSs or Material Safety Data Sheets) for each hazardous chemical to downstream users to communicate information on these hazards.

How long must you keep SDS sheets?

30 years
OSHA standard, 29 CFR 1910.1020, Access to employee Exposure and Medical Records defines “employee exposure records” to include material safety data sheets. The standard requires all employee exposure records to be maintained for at least 30 years.

How long do you need to keep SDS sheets?

Are safety data sheets a legal requirement?

By law (see REACH, Chemical classification) suppliers of chemicals must provide an up to date safety data sheet if a substance is dangerous for supply.

What information do safety data sheets contain?

The SDS includes information such as the properties of each chemical; the physical, health, and environmental health hazards; protective measures; and safety precautions for handling, storing, and transporting the chemical.

What requires a SDS sheet?

What products require an SDS? Any product that is considered a hazardous chemical requires a safety data sheet. A hazardous chemical, as defined by the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), is any chemical which can cause a physical or a health hazard.