Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

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The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) (29 CFR 1910.1200(g)), revised in 2012, requires that the chemical manufacturer, distributor, or importer provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly MSDSs or Material Safety Data Sheets) for each hazardous chemical to downstream users to communicate information on these hazards.

The information contained in the SDS is largely the same as the MSDS, except now the SDSs are required to be presented in a consistent user-friendly, 16-section format.

Objective of this course is provide the guidance to help workers who handle hazardous chemicals to become familiar with the format and understand the contents of the SDS’s.

  • There have been changes to manufacturers’ label requirements, transportation placards, and safety data sheets.
  • This is called Global Harmonized System(GHS).
  • It was an effort to standardize Hazard Communication information worldwide to provide consistent standards to classify chemicals according to their hazards.
  • Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided. This was to be completed by June 1, 2016.

Course Duration:

30 minutes

At the end of this course you will have 2 attempts to achieve an 80% or above to receive your Certificate of Achievement!  Enjoy the course, and please fill out the survey at the end!