What are OSHA SDS requirements?


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Among the primary OSHA requirements for Safety Data Sheets (SDS) is for chemical manufacturers, distributors and importers to provide the SDS in a uniform format and that the SDS be accessible to all employees. OSHA also requires for the uniform format to include 16 sections that provide all employees with information regarding the chemical, according to OSHA. This information includes the properties of the chemical or chemicals, the dangers they pose to health, protective measures and safety precautions for handling, transporting and storing the chemical.

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The following are the 16 sections that OSHA requires to be included in SDS. The content of Sections 12 to 15 should be consistent with the UN Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The content of the sections will not be enforced by OSHA, however, as they are usually handled by other agencies, reports OSHA.

  • Section 1: Identification
  • Section 2: Hazards Identification
  • Section 3: Composition/Information on Ingredients
  • Section 4: First-Aid Measures
  • Section 5: Fire-Fighting Measures
  • Section 6: Accidental Release Measures
  • Section 7: Handling and Storage
  • Section 8: Exposure Controls/Personal Protection
  • Section 9: Physical and Chemical Properties
  • Section 10: Stability and Reactivity
  • Section 11: Toxicological Information
  • Section 12: Ecological Information (non-mandatory)
  • Section 13: Disposal Considerations (non-mandatory)
  • Section 14: Transport Information (non-mandatory)
  • Section 15: Regulatory Information (non-mandatory)
  • Section 16: Other information
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