2-Way SDS Station Sign
OSHA MSDS updated to SDS
In 2012, OSHA made big changes to its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) (29 CFR 1910.1200(g)), aligning it with the United Nations' global chemical labeling system. These changes help to protect workers who handle hazardous chemicals by improving the ways in which those hazards are communicated.
One of the changes OSHA made in the revised Hazard Communication Standard, referred to as HazCom 2012, was with the format of the Safety Data Sheets or SDS. Under the old HazCom 1994, an MSDS could have a number of different formats. The most common safety data sheets were the 8 section OSHA MSDS and the 16 section ANSI MSDS. With the adoption of GHS in the HazCom 2012 however, material safety data sheets are to feature a strict ordering of 16 sections and will now be referred to as simply Safety Data Sheets or SDS.
- The 16 sections are as follows
- Section 1: Identification
- Section 2: Hazard(s) 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
The following are key OSHA standards regarding Safety Data Sheets:
- The employer shall maintain in the workplace copies of the required safety data sheets for each hazardous chemical, and shall ensure that they are readily accessible during each work shift to employees when they are in their work area(s). (Electronic access and other alternatives to maintaining paper copies of the safety data sheets are permitted as long as no barriers to immediate employee access in each workplace are created by such options.)
- Where employees must travel between workplaces during a work shift, i.e., their work is carried out at more than one geographical location, the material safety data sheets may be kept at the primary workplace facility. In this situation, the employer shall ensure that employees can immediately obtain the required information in an emergency.
- Safety data sheets may be kept in any form, including operating procedures, and may be designed to cover groups of hazardous chemicals in a work area where it may be more appropriate to address the hazards of a process rather than individual hazardous chemicals. However, the employer shall ensure that in all cases the required information is provided for each hazardous chemical, and is readily accessible during each work shift to employees when they are in their work area(s).
- Safety data sheets shall also be made readily available, upon request, to designated representatives, the Assistant Secretary, and the Director, in accordance with the requirements of § 1910.1020(e).
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