Material Safety Data Sheets list specific dangers for hazardous chemicals and provide proper handling and emergency control measures, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The manufacturer, distributor or importer of the chemical is responsible for providing the MSDS to consumers.
In 2012, MSDSs became known as Safety Data Sheets, states the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The name change also came with a change in format to create a consistent, easy-to-read document with 16 specific sections. The first eight sections cover general information about the chemical's attributes and handling. Sections 12 to 15 cover transportation, disposal and regulatory information but aren't mandatory. The remaining sections provide technical information about things such as reactions and exposure.