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This analysis describes the requirements of safety data sheets (SDSs) under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) hazard communication standard—or HazCom. The SDS is at the heart of federal HazCom, and any employer with employees exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals must comply. The SDS is a detailed, written description of a hazardous chemical. It is the primary source of information about hazardous chemicals for employers and their workers, and it contains comprehensive technical information about a particular chemical and explains the hazards, precautions, and remedies to human exposure.

Employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals must be trained how to access SDSs and interpret them. SDSs must be readily available to employees in their work areas. SDSs are not substitutes to chemical labeling or worker training.

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Questions & Answers A facility is required to keep two MSDSs on file for the same hazardous chemical--one for the gas phase and one for the liquid phase. Would the same chemical at a facility in different physical states be aggregated for threshold determinations? 01/30/2006National
Handout Benefits of the GHS and SDS  National
Questions & Answers Do "right to know" MSDS stations need to have plantwide MSDSs or can they be department/area-specific? 08/17/2005National
Questions & Answers Do we have to have a different MSDS for paints that are the same in every way except for their color? 02/21/2006National
Questions & Answers Do you need to keep an SDS on hand for each stain color if they are all the same brand? 11/05/2019National
Toolbox Talks HazCom: The SDS: What to do when a worker is exposed  National
Toolbox Talks HazCom: What is a safety data sheet?  National
Questions & Answers How do we know when an MSDS is required for a product? 01/20/2010National
Questions & Answers How long do we have to keep MSDS on file, after we not longer use the product? 12/04/2004National
Questions & Answers I have some MSDS sheets that are more than 10 years old. Is there a regulation that requires chemical manufacturers, sellers, distributors etc to review MSDS every so many years? 12/21/2004National
Questions & Answers I understand that chemicals under RCRA do not need to have an MSDS. Is this correct? 08/18/2005National
Questions & Answers If a fire extinguishers bursts, is this considered a chemical spill and is this considered toxic? 09/20/2010National
Questions & Answers If an employer maintains an electronic system as the primary means of providing MSDSs in the workplace, is it acceptable for employees to obtain hazard information verbally over the phone if the primary system is temporarily inoperable? 08/07/2006National
Questions & Answers Is a workplace that uses consumer packaged products like spray paint or brake cleaner required to have MSDSs, or is the hazard warning on the can sufficient to satisfy HAZCOM? 11/22/2004National
Questions & Answers Is the MSDS requirement only for hazardous chemicals or for all chemicals stored or used? 08/18/2005National
Questions & Answers Is there a requirement to annually train employees on MSDSs? 02/22/2010National
Questions & Answers It seems that every country has different rules and requirements regarding SDSs. If we develop an SDS in the format for North America or for the EU can we use that SDS when we ship products to China or Australia or Japan, etc.? 03/02/2016National
Guidance Documents Letter of Interpretation - Art and office products  National
Guidance Documents Letter of Interpretation - Coal, fly, and silica dust  National
Guidance Documents Letter of Interpretation - Packaging and processing drugs  National
Forms Material Safety Data Sheet  National
Guidance Documents MSDS Excerpt from OSHA's Directive CPL 02-02-038  National
Questions & Answers On an MSDS under Disposal Considerations they state dispose of in accordance with existing federal, state and local environmental control regulations. How do you find out how to disposal of the materials? 11/19/2009National
Guidance Documents OSHA Interpretation Letters  National
Handout OSHA QuickCard: Hazard Communication Standard Pictogram  National
Regulatory Analysis Safety Data Sheet  National
Forms Safety Data Sheet File System Management Policy  National
Guidance Documents Sample Material Safety Data Sheet - Vinyl Chloride  National
Plans SDS - Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Plan  National
Audiovisual Presentations Understanding the Safety Data Sheet (SDS)  National
PowerPoints Understanding the Safety Data Sheet (SDS)  National
Quizzes Understanding the Safety Data Sheet (SDS)  National
Speaker's Notes Understanding the Safety Data Sheet (SDS)  National
Trainer's Guides Understanding the Safety Data Sheet (SDS)  National
Training Exercises Understanding the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) - Exercise 1  National
Training Exercises Understanding the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) - Exercise 2  National
Questions & Answers We are in the process of converting MSDS to SDS and received a letter from a supplier claiming their product as an "article" exempt from SDS requirements. Is this valid? 03/16/2015National
Questions & Answers We have a large fleet of utility vehicles that may contain chemicals. The staff is on call 24-7. Are we required to maintain paper copies of MSDSs in the vehicles? 07/23/2004National
Questions & Answers We manufacture custom cars. When we deliver a car to the customer, we include up to a pint of "touch up " paint. It is normally packed in the car and deliveried at the same time as the car.Do we need to include MSDS with this box/car ? 08/06/2009National
Questions & Answers We subscribe to a company that provides MSDS. I need to know if it is a federal or state OSHA requirment that we have MSDS available on site. 02/17/2005National