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A Safety Data Sheet (formerly called Material Safety Data Sheet) is a detailed informational document prepared by the manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical. It describes the physical and chemical properties of the product. SDSs contain useful information such as toxicity, flash point, procedures for spills and leaks, storage guidelines, and exposure control.
- See SDS Explained to learn how to read a Safety Data Sheet.
Safety Data Sheets are one of many tools for evaluating chemical hazards. Before beginning work with a hazardous material, consult several safety sources to obtain sufficient information on how to protect yourself.
- See Safety Data Sheet Sources for access to an extensive list of SDSs and other chemical hazard information resources.
Employers are required by law to provide workers with access to SDSs. UC San Diego facilities where hazardous materials are handled are also required by law to either retain hard copies of SDSs provided by manufacturers or teach all personnel how to obtain SDSs electronically.
Note: Electronic Safety Data Sheets are preferred because UCSD has a large and frequently changing inventory of chemicals.
Employees must know how to read and understand an SDS. To learn more, see Safety Data Sheets Explained.
- Hazard Communication, California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 8, §5194
- Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories (The Laboratory Standard), CCR, Title 8, §5191
- OSHA Brief - Hazard Communication Standard: Safety Data Sheets, U.S. Dept. of Labor-OSHA