The SDS is a standardized, 16-section, detailed information bulletin prepared by the manufacturer or importer of a chemical that describes the chemical. Manufacturers and importers of chemicals must obtain or develop a SDS for each hazardous chemical they produce or import, and must provide the SDS automatically at the time of the initial shipment of a hazardous chemical to a downstream distributor or user. Distributors must also ensure that downstream employers, or companies, are similarly provided a SDS. Whenever “new or significant information” regarding a chemical’s hazard potential is realized, manufacturers and importers must update their SDSs. They have to update within three months of learning this new information.
Appendix D of the HCS explains the information to be included on the SDS and also the format required. All chemical manufacturers and distributors must use the same format. This format is the same as the American National Standards Institute standard on Safety Data Sheets, which is familiar to many US employers. This uniform approach to SDSs improves its effectiveness, makes it easier for your employer to comply with the regulation and provides a safer workplace for employees.
Employers must maintain copies of the SDSs for each hazardous chemical and must ensure that they are readily accessible during each work shift to employees in their work area. Electronic access, microfiche and other alternatives to paper copies are permitted as long as no barriers to immediate access for employees in each work area are created by such options.
The video is 12 minutes and addresses the major areas needed to comply with OSHA’s GHS regulations on SDS, including:
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