Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Op2.07-11 Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

Safety Data sheets (SDS) provide detailed and technical information of a controlled product. All workers need to know where the SDS are located and must have access to them at any time they are working with or near a controlled product. Persons not working directly with a controlled product, but working near someone who is, should know what the product is and how to recognize, prevent, and/or deal with any potential accidents or emergencies.

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According to OSHA requirements:

  • There are nine categories of information which must appear on the SDS
  • SDSs must be readily available to the worker at the workplace
  • SDSs must be read prior to working with the controlled product
  • SDSs are to be updated at least every three years and as soon as further information related to the controlled product becomes available
  • An SDS is not required to be in hard copy format. There are several web versions or CD versions available. However if the web-based information is going to be the sole method by which the SDS information is provided then the computer by which the SDSs are accessed must be readily available to workers (i.e. the same requirement as for hard copy versions.) Although a hard copy of the SDS is not required, workers must be able to generate a hard copy if they so desire.

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29 CFR 1910.1200 (6)(e) states that employers must make the SDS available to employees in their workplace. (e) states:

Where employees must travel between workplaces during a workshift, i.e., their work is carried out at more than one geographical location, the written hazard communication program may be kept at the primary workplace facility.

This is understood to mean that the University is not required to post the SDS everywhere the chemicals are used, only areas of storage and distribution. If the employees have a centralized clock-in area, the SDS should be available there and any other location where chemicals are stored, excluding individual maintenance closets on the building floors.

For questions related to SDS, please contact your supervisor or the Director of Environmental Management.