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Hazard Communication Standard: Safety Data Sheets

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 resented in a consistent user-friendly, 16-section format. This brief provides guidance to help workers who handle hazardous chemicals to become familiar with the format and understand the contents of the SDSs.The SDS includes information such as the properties of each chemical; the physical, health, and environmental health hazards;
protective measures; and safety precautions for handling, storing, and transporting the chemical. The information contained in the SDS must be in English (although it may be in other languages as well). In addition, OSHA requires
that SDS preparers provide specific minimum information as detailed in Appendix D of 29 CFR 1910.1200. The SDS preparers may also include additional information in various section(s).

Sections 1 through 8 contain general information about the chemical, identification, hazards, composition, safe handling practices, and emergency control measures (e.g., fire fighting). This information should be helpful to those that need to get the information quickly. Sections 9 through 11 and 16 contain other technical and scientific information, such as physical and chemical properties, stability and reactivity information, toxicological information, exposure control information, and other information including the date of preparation or last revision. The SDS must also state that no applicable information was found when the preparer does not find relevant
information for any required element.

The SDS must also contain Sections 12 through 15, to be consistent with the UN Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), but OSHA will not enforce the content of these sections
because they concern matters handled by other agencies.

A description of all 16 sections of the SDS, along with their contents, is presented below:

Section 1: Identification

This section identifies the chemical on the SDS as well as the recommended
uses. It also provides
the essential contact information of the supplier. The required information
consists of:

  • Product identifier used on the label and any other common names or synonyms by which the substance is known.
  • Name, address, phone number of the manufacturer, importer, or other responsible party, and emergency phone number.
  • Recommended use of the chemical (e.g., a brief description of what it actually does, such as flame retardant) and any restrictions on use (including recommendations given by the supplier). 1
Section 2: Hazard(s) Identification

This section identifies the hazards of the chemical presented on the SDS and the appropriate warning information associated with those hazards. The required information consists of:

  • The hazard classification of the chemical (e.g., flammable liquid, category1).
  • Signal word.
  • Hazard statement(s).
  • Pictograms (the pictograms or hazard symbols may be presented as graphical reproductions of the symbols in black and white or be a description of the name of the symbol (e.g., skull and crossbones, flame).
  • Precautionary statement(s).
  • Description of any hazards not otherwise classified.
  • For a mixture that contains an ingredient(s) with unknown toxicity, a statement describing how much (percentage) of the mixture consists of ingredient(s) with unknown acute toxicity. Please note that this is a total percentage of the mixture and not tied to the individual ingredient(s).
Section 3: Composition/Information on Ingredients

This section identifies the ingredient(s) contained in the product indicated on the SDS, including impurities and stabilizing additives. This section includes information on substances, mixtures, and all chemicals where a trade secret is claimed. The required information consists of:


  • Chemical name.
  • Common name and synonyms.
  • Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number and other unique identifiers.
  • Impurities and stabilizing additives, which are themselves classified and which contribute to the classification of the chemical.


  • Same information required for substances.
  • The chemical name and concentration (i.e., exact percentage) of all ingredients which are classified as health hazards and are:
    • Present above their cut-off/concentration limits or
    • Present a health risk below the cut-off/concentration limits.
  • The concentration (exact percentages) of each ingredient must be specified except concentration ranges may be used in the following situations:
    • A trade secret claim is made,
    • There is batch-to-batch variation, or
    • The SDS is used for a group of substantially similar mixtures.

Chemicals where a trade secret is claimed

  • A statement that the specific chemical identity and/or exact percentage (concentration) of composition has been withheld as a trade secret is required.
Section 4: First-Aid Measures

This section describes the initial care that should be given by untrained responders to an individual who has been exposed to the chemical. The required information consists of:

  • Necessary first-aid instructions by relevant routes of exposure (inhalation, skin and eye contact, and ingestion).
  • Description of the most important symptoms or effects, and any symptoms that are acute or delayed.
  • Recommendations for immediate medical care and special treatment needed, when necessary.
Section 5: Fire-Fighting Measures

This section provides recommendations for fighting a fire caused by the chemical. The required information consists of:

  • Recommendations of suitable extinguishing equipment, and information about extinguishing equipment that is not appropriate for a particular situation.
  • Advice on specific hazards that develop from the chemical during the fire, such as any hazardous combustion products created when the chemical burns.
  • Recommendations on special protective equipment or precautions for firefighters.
Section 6: Accidental Release Measures

This section provides recommendations on the appropriate response to spills, leaks, or releases, including containment and cleanup practices to prevent or minimize exposure to people, properties, or the environment. It may also include recommendations distinguishing between responses for large and small spills where the spill volume has a significant impact on the hazard. The required information may consist of recommendations for:

  • Use of personal precautions (such as removal of ignition sources or providing sufficient ventilation) and protective equipment to prevent the contamination of skin, eyes, and clothing.
  • Emergency procedures, including instructions for evacuations, consulting experts when needed, and appropriate protective clothing.
  • Methods and materials used for containment (e.g., covering the drains and capping procedures).
  • Cleanup procedures (e.g., appropriate techniques for neutralization, decontamination, cleaning or vacuuming; adsorbent materials; and/or equipment required for containment/clean up)
Section 7: Handling and Storage

This section provides guidance on the safe handling practices and conditions for safe storage of chemicals. The required information consists of:

  • Precautions for safe handling, including recommendations for handling incompatible chemicals, minimizing the release of the chemical into the environment, and providing advice on general hygiene practices (e.g., eating, drinking, and smoking in work areas is prohibited).
  • Recommendations on the conditions for safe storage, including any incompatibilities. Provide advice on specific storage requirements (e.g., ventilation requirements)
Section 8: Exposure Controls/Personal Protection

This section indicates the exposure limits, engineering controls, and personal protective measures that can be used to minimize worker exposure. The required information consists of:

  • OSHA Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs), American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Threshold Limit Values (TLVs), and any other exposure limit used or recommended by the chemical manufacturer, importer, or employer preparing the safety data sheet, where available.
  • Appropriate engineering controls (e.g., use local exhaust ventilation, or use only in an enclosed system).
  • Recommendations for personal protective measures to prevent illness or injury from exposure to chemicals, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) (e.g., appropriate types of eye, face, skin or respiratory protection needed based on hazards and potential exposure).
  • Any special requirements for PPE, protective clothing or respirators (e.g., type of glove material, such as PVC or nitrile rubber gloves; and breakthrough time of the glove material).
Section 9: Physical and Chemical Properties

This section identifies physical and chemical properties associated with the substance or mixture. The minimum required information consists of:

  • Appearance (physical state, color, etc.);
  • Upper/lower flammability or explosive limits;
  • Odor;
  • Vapor pressure;
  • Odor threshold;
  • Vapor density;
  • pH;
  • Relative density;
  • Melting point/freezing point;
  • Solubility(ies);
  • Initial boiling point and boiling range;
  • Flash point;
  • Evaporation rate;
  • Flammability (solid, gas);
  • Upper/lower flammability or explosive limits;
  • Vapor pressure;
  • Vapor density;
  • Relative density;
  • Solubility(ies);
  • Partition coefficient: n-octanol/water;
  • Auto-ignition temperature;
  • Decomposition temperature; and
  • Viscosity.

The SDS may not contain every item on the above list because information may not be relevant or is not available. When this occurs, a notation to that effect must be made for that chemical property. Manufacturers may also add other relevant properties, such as the dust deflagration index (Kst) for combustible dust, used to evaluate a dust’s explosive potential

Section 10: Stability and Reactivity

This section describes the reactivity hazards of the chemical and the chemical stability information. This section is broken into three parts: reactivity, chemical stability, and other. The required information consists of:


  • Description of the specific test data for the chemical(s). This data can be for a class or family of the chemical if such data adequately represent the anticipated hazard of the chemical(s), where available.

Chemical stability

  • Indication of whether the chemical is stable or unstable under normal ambient temperature and conditions while in storage and being handled.
  • Description of any stabilizers that may be needed to maintain chemical stability.
  • Indication of any safety issues that may arise should the product change in physical appearance.


  • Indication of the possibility of hazardous reactions, including a statement whether the chemical will react or polymerize, which could release excess pressure or heat, or create other hazardous conditions. Also, a description of the conditions under which hazardous reactions may occur.
  • List of all conditions that should be avoided (e.g., static discharge, shock, vibrations, or environmental conditions that may lead to hazardous conditions).
  • List of all classes of incompatible materials (e.g., classes of chemicals or specific substances) with which the chemical could react to produce a hazardous situation.
  • List of any known or anticipated hazardous decomposition products that could be produced because of use, storage, or heating. (Hazardous combustion products should also be included in Section 5 (Fire-Fighting Measures) of the SDS.)
Section 11: Toxicological Information

This section identifies toxicological and health effects information or indicates that such data are not available. The required information consists of:

  • Information on the likely routes of exposure (inhalation, ingestion, skin and eye contact). The SDS should indicate if the information is unknown.
  • Description of the delayed, immediate, or chronic effects from short- and long-term exposure.
  • The numerical measures of toxicity (e.g., acute toxicity estimates such as the LD50 (median lethal dose)) – the estimated amount [of a substance] expected to kill 50% of test animals in a single dose.
  • Description of the symptoms. This description includes the symptoms associated with exposure to the chemical including symptoms from the lowest to the most severe exposure.
  • Indication of whether the chemical is listed in the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Report on Carcinogens (latest edition) or has been found to be a potential carcinogen in the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monographs (latest editions) or found to be a potential carcinogen by OSHA
Section 12: Ecological Information (non-mandatory)

This section provides information to evaluate the environmental impact of the chemical(s) if it were released to the environment. The information may include:

  • Data from toxicity tests performed on aquatic and/or terrestrial organisms, where available (e.g., acute or chronic aquatic toxicity data for fish, algae, crustaceans, and other plants; toxicity data on birds, bees, plants).
  • Whether there is a potential for the chemical to persist and degrade in the environment either through biodegradation or other processes, such as oxidation or hydrolysis.
  • Results of tests of bioaccumulation potential, making reference to the octanol-water partition coefficient (Kow) and the bioconcentration factor (BCF), where available.
  • The potential for a substance to move from the soil to the groundwater (indicate results from adsorption studies or leaching studies).
  • Other adverse effects (e.g., environmental fate, ozone layer depletion potential, photochemical ozone creation potential, endocrine disrupting potential, and/or global warming potential).
Section 13: Disposal Considerations (non-mandatory)

This section provides guidance on proper disposal practices, recycling or reclamation of the chemical(s) or its container, and safe handling practices. To minimize exposure, this section should also refer the reader to Section 8 (Exposure Controls/Personal Protection) of the SDS. The information may include:

  • Description of appropriate disposal containers to use.
  • Recommendations of appropriate disposal methods to employ.
  • Description of the physical and chemical properties that may affect disposal activities.
  • Language discouraging sewage disposal.
  • Any special precautions for landfills or incineration activities
Section 14: Transport Information (non-mandatory)

This section provides guidance on classification information for shipping and transporting of hazardous chemical(s) by road, air, rail, or sea. The information may include:

  • UN number (i.e., four-figure identification number of the substance)1.
  • UN proper shipping name1.
  • Transport hazard class(es)1.
  • Packing group number, if applicable, based on the degree of hazard2.
  • Environmental hazards (e.g., identify if it is a marine pollutant according to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code)).
  • Guidance on transport in bulk (according to Annex II of MARPOL 73/783 and the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (International Bulk Chemical Code (IBC Code)).
  • Any special precautions which an employee should be aware of or needs to comply with, in connection with transport or conveyance either within or outside their premises (indicate when information is not available).
Section 15: Regulatory Information (non-mandatory)

This section identifies the safety, health, and environmental regulations specific for the product that is not indicated anywhere else on the SDS. The information may include:

  • Any national and/or regional regulatory information of the chemical or mixtures (including any OSHA, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, or Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations)
Section 16: Other Information
This section indicates when the SDS was prepared or when the last known revision
was made.
The SDS may also state where the changes have been made to the previous version.
You may
wish to contact the supplier for an explanation of the changes. Other useful
information also may
be included here.

Employer Responsibilities

Employers must ensure that the SDSs are readily accessible to employees for all  hazardous chemicals in their workplace. This may be done in many ways. For example, employers may keep the SDSs in a binder or on computers as long as the employees have immediate access to the information without leaving their work area when needed and a back-up is available for rapid access to the SDS in the case of a power outage or other emergency. Furthermore, employers may want to designate a person(s) responsible for obtaining and maintaining the SDSs. If the employer does not have an SDS, the employer or designated person(s) should contact the manufacturer to obtain one.


OSHA, 29 CFR 1910.1200(g) and Appendix D. United Nations
Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS),
third revised edition, United Nations, 2009. These references and other information
related to the revised Hazard Communication Standard can be found on OSHA’s
Hazard Communication Safety and Health Topics page, located at: http://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html.

Disclaimer: This brief provides a general overview of the
safety data sheet requirements in the Hazard Communication Standard (see 29
CFR 1910.1200(g) and Appendix D of 29 CFR 1910.1200). It does not alter or
determine compliance responsibilities in the standard or the Occupational
Safety and Health Act of 1970. Since interpretations and enforcement policy
may change over time, the reader should consult current OSHA interpretations
and decisions by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and
the courts for additional guidance on OSHA compliance requirements. Please
note that states with OSHA-approved state plans may have additional requirements
for chemical safety data sheets, outside of those outlined above. For more
information on those standards, please visit: http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/osp/statestandards.html.

This is one in a series of informational briefs highlighting OSHA programs,  policies or standards. It does  not impose any new compliance requirements. For a comprehensive list of compliance requirements of OSHA standards or regulations, refer to Title 29 of the Code of Federal  Regulations. This information will be made available to sensory-impaired individuals upon request. The voice phone is (202) 693-1999; teletypewriter (TTY) number: (877) 889-5627.

1 Chemical, as defined in the HCS, is any substance, or mixture of substances.

2 Found in the most recent edition of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.

3 MARPOL 73/78 means the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto, as amended

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Guide To Reading A Material Safety Data Sheet

These are notes to help you understand the information on a data sheet. Some data sheets may not contain all of the categories of information reflected in this guide.
Product Identification


Other terms for the substance.

A unique registry number assigned to the substance by the Chemical Abstracts Service.

Chemical Formula
Formula for the number and types of atoms contained in the substance. Example: water = H2O (two atoms of hydrogen andone atom of oxygen).

Chemical Family
General class of compounds to which the substance or mixture belongs. Examples: ether, acid, ketone.

DOT Proper Shipping Name
Name for the substance assigned by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

DOT Hazard Class/ID No.
Under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Hazardous Materials Table, the descriptive name and identification number which classifies the type of hazard the substance presents. The number is used to determine initial emergency response actions.

DOT Label
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s required terminology for labeling of hazardous substance. Example: Flammable.

Hazardous Substance(s)/RQs
The minimum spill or leakage of substance that necessitates reporting the incident to the National Emergency Response Center as required under the Superfund law.

U.S. Surface Freight Classification
Classification given to substance by committeesof trucking and railroad industries so that proper freight rate can be applied.


Warning Statements

Includes a signal word (DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION) plus a descriptionof harmful effects from exposure. Example: May cause eye damage andburns to skin.


Precautionary Measures

Instructions about how to avoid injury from harmful effects. Example:Avoid contact with skin.


Emergency First-Aid Procedures

Emergency treatment for a person exposed to unsafe amounts. Examples:Remove person to fresh air. Flush eyes with water.


Occupational Control Procedures

Eye Protection
Type of eye protective device to be worn whenworking with substance.

Skin Protection
Type of clothing, gloves, aprons, boots, face protection to be worn when working with substance. Also, instructions on handling contaminated clothing.

Respiratory Protection
Class of breathing device acceptable for use andany special conditions or limitations on use.

The ventilation system needed to capture or contain contaminants at their source to control personal exposure or to prevent a hazardous atmosphere.

Airborne Exposure Limits
Maximum acceptable levels of substance in the workplace air for varying periods of time as assigned by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).


Fire Protection Information

Flash Point: Method
Lowest temperature in degrees Fahrenheit (_F) at which a liquid will give off enough flammablevapor to ignite. Since flash points varyaccording to how they are obtained, the methodused must be listed.

Ignition Temperature
Temperature at which substance will start and continue to burn without any spark or flame.

Flammable Limits (In Air) (% by Volume)
Range of concentrations over which a flammable vapor mixed with air will flash or explode if ignition source is present. Range extends between lower explosive limit (LEL) and upper explosive limit (UEL) and is expressed in percentage of volume of vapor in air.

Extinguishing Media
Fire-fighting material for use on substance that is burning. Fire-fighting material should be indicated by its generic name. Examples:water, fog, foam, alcohol foam.

Special Fire-fighting Procedures
Listing of certain fire-fighting materials, unsuitable or unsafe to use on the burning substance. Also, a listing of special handling procedures and personal protective equipment.

Unusual Fire or Explosion Hazards
Hazards which might occur from overheating or burning of substance, including any chemical reactions or change in chemical form or composition. Also, any special hazards which may need to be considered while extinguishing a fire.


Reactivity Data

Materials to Avoid
A list of common materials or contaminants (if any) with which the specific substance may come in contact and release large amounts of energy, flammable vapor or gas, or produce toxic vaporor gas. Conditions to avoid (if any) should belisted. Examples: extreme temperatures, jarring, inappropriate storage.

Hazardous Decomposition Products
A list of hazardous materials (if any) that may be produced in dangerous amounts if the subject substance is exposed to burning, oxidation, heating or allowed to react with other chemicals.

Hazardous Polymerization
An unintended chemical reaction that may create a great deal of heat and may release a hazardous substance. This listing indicates whether such a reaction is possible and under what conditions. It also indicates how long”inhibitors” in the substance will prevent such a reaction from occurring.


Physiological Effects Summary (also called Health Effects Summary)

Covers immediate and long-term effects of overexposure to substance.Includes information from the human experience and animal tests. Thisdetailed health effects information is intended for employees and toassist health professionals in treating employees.


Physical Data

Alkalinity or acidity of substance expressed ona scale from 1 to 14. Numbers less than 7indicate increasing acidity and numbers greaterthan 7, increasing alkalinity. Thus the pH ofpure water is about 7; vinegar is between 3 and4, and blood is between 7 and 8.

Appearance and Odor
Brief description of the substance at normalroom temperature and atmospheric conditions suchas “viscous, colorless liquid with an aromatichydrocarbon odor.”

Boiling Point
Temperature at which a liquid changes to a vaporat a given pressure, usually stated in degreesFahrenheit (*F).

Vapor Pressure
The pressure exerted by a vapor above its ownliquid in a closed container.

Vapor Density at Bp (Air = 1)
A comparison between the weight of the substance’s vapor and that of air. Will thevapor rise or sink?

Solubility in Water
The amount of the substance which can bedissolved in a given volume of water. Expressedusually in terms of milligrams per liter or ingeneral terms such as “negligible.”

% Volatile (by volume)
The percentage of a liquid or solid (by volume)that will evaporate at an ambient temperature of70 degrees Fahrenheit (*F).

Freezing Point
Temperature at which substance changes from aliquid to a solid.

Molecular Weight
The relative average weight of a molecule of thesubstance.


Spill, Leak, and Disposal Information

Immediate steps to be taken to assure safety to people and property inthe event of a spill or leak of the substance. Also gives instructionson its disposal. Includes advisory to comply with all applicablefederal, state and local laws and regulations.


Additional Comments

Special precautions to be taken to ensure safe handling of substance.May give special emphasis to information or warnings stated in othersections of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs).