Safety Data Sheet
A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is designed to provide workers with information regarding the hazards associated with chemical products and recommended precautions for safe handling and storage. SDS include information such as trade names, chemical composition, physical data (melting point, boiling point, flash point etc.), health effects, recommended protective equipment, first aid measures, conditions to avoid, and in some cases disposal and spill procedures.
Supervisors are responsible for ensuring their employees have access to MSDS’s for all hazardous chemicals used in the workplace or laboratory. An SDS for the materials workers will use must be readily accessible to the worker. Access to SDSs can electronically or in hard copy, but if electronic — then the employee must have ready access to a computer and know how and where to obtain the proper SDS.
If an employee or student has an accident involving exposure to a hazardous material, take a copy of the SDS to the health care provider to inform treatment.