A safety data sheet contains detailed information about a hazardous chemical’s health effects, its physical and chemical characteristics, and the safe practices for using it.
You must have a current safety data sheet for every product that your employees use that contains a hazardous chemical.
Employees must be able to review safety data sheets in their work area at any time. Keep safety data sheets in a notebook or on a computer – employees must be able to obtain the information immediately in an emergency.
One person should be responsible for managing all the safety data sheets at your workplace. The person should ensure the list of hazardous chemicals is current, the identity of each chemical on the list matches its identity on its safety data sheet, and incoming hazardous-chemical containers have safety data sheets.
Chemical manufacturers and importers must prepare a safety data sheet for each hazardous chemical product they produce. Distributors are responsible for ensuring that you have a safety data sheet for each hazardous chemical product they sell to you.
Information about a hazardous chemical’s health effects and physical and chemical characteristics must be included on the SDS and must be organized under the following 16 headings: