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What is a Safety Data Sheet?

A Safety Data Sheet (SDS), or Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), is a standardized document that contains crucial occupational safety and health information. It is mandated by the International Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). According to this standard, chemical manufacturers must communicate the hazard information of their chemicals to those who handle them, and one way to achieve this is by providing a Safety Data Sheet. These sheets are comprehensive and cover essential details such as chemical properties, potential health and environmental hazards, recommended protective measures, as well as safety precautions for proper storage, handling, and transportation of chemicals.

Globally Harmonized System

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is a comprehensive set of international guidelines developed by the United Nations. Its primary objective is to ensure the safe manufacturing, handling, use, disposal, and transportation of hazardous materials. The GHS system serves several key purposes:

  1. Classification of Chemical Data and Hazard Criteria: The GHS provides a standardized approach to classifying chemical substances and mixtures based on their inherent hazards. This classification helps in identifying and communicating the potential risks associated with specific chemicals.
  2. Identification of Health, Physical, and Environmental Hazards: By utilizing the GHS, it becomes possible to identify and understand the health, physical, and environmental hazards posed by a particular chemical. This information is crucial for ensuring proper handling, storage, and disposal practices.
  3. Communication of Hazard Information and Protective Measures: The GHS establishes a well-defined system that enables chemical manufacturers and distributors to effectively communicate the hazards associated with their products. This includes providing clear information on recommended protective measures to minimize risks.

SDS Structure and Format

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) follow a standardized structure consisting of sixteen sections. These sections are designed to provide quick access to essential information necessary for chemical handlers to ensure safe handling practices and to aid emergency response personnel. Here is an overview of the different sections:

Sections 1-8: These early sections focus on providing key information that may be required urgently. They cover topics such as identification, hazards, composition, first aid measures, and firefighting measures.

Sections 9-11: These sections contain technical and scientific data related to the chemical substance or mixture. Information regarding stability, reactivity, physical and chemical properties, and other relevant data is included here.

Sections 12-15: While not mandatory, these sections are necessary to achieve full compliance with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). They typically cover additional information on ecological, disposal considerations, transportation, and regulatory information.

Section 16: The final section provides details about the SDS itself. It includes information such as the revision date and any changes made since the previous version.

You may visit OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard for Safety Data Sheets, for more information.

SDS Information for Employers

Employers must ensure that employees have access to safety data sheets for all of the hazardous chemicals they handle. Employers may fulfill this requirement in a variety of ways. For example, SDS binders are quite common as are computer-based SDS databases. What’s important is that employees have access to the safety data sheets for all of the chemicals that they are using. If the employer does not have an SDS for one of these chemicals they should contact the manufacturer to obtain the current version of the SDS for that chemical. In this sense, the online SDS databases have a clear advantage over binder-based systems since the database vendor usually takes care of indexing and updating the safety data sheets.

Hazard Communication Standard Pictogram

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires pictograms on labels to alert users of the chemical hazards to which they may be exposed. The pictogram on the label is determined by the chemical hazard classification. The pictogram consists of a symbol on a white background framed within a red border and represents a distinct hazard(s).

GHS Hazard Pictogram Hazard Class & Hazard Category
Explosive GHS explosive pictogram
  • Unstable Explosives
  • Explosives, Divisions 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
  • Self-reactive Substances and Mixtures, Types A, B
  • Organic peroxides, types A, B
Flammable GHS flamable pictogram
  • Flammable gases, category 1
  • Flammable aerosols, categories 1, 2
  • Flammable liquids, categories 1, 2, 3
  • Flammable solids, categories 1, 2
  • Self-reactive substances and mixtures, types B, C, D, E, F
  • Pyrophoric liquids, category 1
  • Pyrophoric solids, category 1
  • Self-heating substances and mixtures, categories 1, 2
  • Substances and mixtures, which in contact with water, emit flammable gases, categories 1, 2, 3
  • Organic peroxides, types B, C, D, E, F
Oxidizing GHS oxidizing pictogram
  • Oxidizing Gases, Category 1
  • Oxidizing Liquids, Categories 1, 2, 3
  • Oxidizing Solids, Categories 1, 2, 3
Compressed Gas GHS Compressed Gas pictogram
  • Compressed Gases
  • Liquefied Gases
  • Refrigerated Liquefied Gases
  • Dissolved Gases
Corrosive GHS Corrosive pictogram
  • Corrosive to Metals, Category 1
Toxic GHS toxic pictogram
  • Acute Toxicity (oral, dermal, inhalation), Categories 1, 2, 3
Corrosive GHS corrosive pictogram
  • Skin Corrosion, Categories 1A, 1B, 1C
  • Serious Eye Damage, Category 1
Irritant GHS irritant pictogram
  • Acute Toxicity (oral, dermal, inhalation), Category 4
  • Skin Irritation, Categories 2, 3
  • Eye Irritation, Category 2A
  • Skin Sensitization, Category 1
  • Specific Target Organ Toxicity Following Single Exposure, Category 3
  • Respiratory Tract Irritation
  • Narcotic Effects
Health Hazard GHS health hazard pictogram
  • Respiratory Sensitization, Category 1
  • Germ Cell Mutagenicity, Categories 1A, 1B, 2
  • Carcinogenicity, Categories 1A, 1B, 2
  • Reproductive toxicity, categories 1A, 1B, 2
  • Specific Target Organ Toxicity Following Single Exposure, Categories 1, 2
  • Specific Target Organ Toxicity Following Repeated Exposure, Categories 1, 2
  • Aspiration Hazard, Categories 1, 2
Environ- mentally Damaging GHS environmentally damaging pictogram
  • Acute hazards to the aquatic environment, category 1
  • Chronic hazards to the aquatic environment, categories 1, 2

Class 1: Explosives

GHS Hazard Pictogram Hazard Class & Hazard Category
Divisions 1.1–1.3 Divisions 1.1–1.3 GHS pictogram Explosives 
  • Division 1.1: Substances and articles which have a mass explosion hazard
  • Division 1.2: Substances and articles which have a projection hazard but not a mass explosion hazard
  • Division 1.3: Substances and articles which have a fire hazard and either a minor blast hazard or a minor projection hazard or both, but not a mass explosion hazard
Division 1.4 Division 1.4 GHS pictogram Explosives 
  • Substances and articles which are classified as explosives but which present no significant hazard
Division 1.5 Division 1.5 GHS pictogram Explosives 
  • Very insensitive substances which have a mass explosion hazard
Division 1.6 Division 1.6 GHS pictogram Explosives 
  • No hazard statement

Class 2: Gases

GHS Hazard Pictogram Hazard Class & Hazard Category
Division 2.1 Division 2.1 GHS pictogram Flammable Gases 
  • Gases which at 20 °C and a standard pressure of 101.3 kPa:
    • are ignitable when in a mixture of 13 per cent or less by volume with air; or
    • have a flammable range with air of at least 12 percentage points regardless of the lower flammable limit.
Division 2.2 Division 2.2 GHS pictogram Non-flammable Non-toxic Gases 
  • Gases which are asphyxiant – gases which dilute or replace the oxygen normally in the atmosphere.
  • Gases which are oxidizing – gases which may, generally by providing oxygen, cause or contribute to the combustion of other material more than air does.
  • Gases which do not come under the other divisions.
Division 2.3 Division 2.3 GHS pictogram Toxic Gases 
  • Gases which are known to be so toxic or corrosive to humans as to pose a hazard to health.
  • Gases which are presumed to be toxic or corrosive to humans because they have an LC50 value equal to or less than 5000 ml/m3 (ppm).


Classes 3 and 4: Flammable Liquids and Solids

GHS Hazard Pictogram Hazard Class & Hazard Category
Class 3 Class 3 GHS pictogram Flammable Liquids 
  • Liquids which have a flash point of less than 60 °C and which are capable of sustaining combustion.
Division 4.1 Division 4.1 GHS pictogram Flammable Solids, Self-reactive Substances and Solid Desensitized Explosives 
  • Solids which, under conditions encountered in transport, are readily combustible or may cause or contribute to fire through friction; self-reactive substances which are liable to undergo a strongly exothermic reaction; solid desensitized explosives which may explode if not diluted sufficiently.
Division 4.2 Division 4.2 GHS pictogram Substances Liable to Spontaneous Combustion 
  • Substances which are liable to spontaneous heating under normal conditions encountered in transport, or to heating up in contact with air, and being then liable to catch fire.
Division 4.3 Division 4.3 GHS pictogram Substances Which in Contact with Water Emit Flammable Gases 
  • Substances which, by interaction with water, are liable to become spontaneously flammable or to give off flammable gases in dangerous quantities.

Other GHS Transport Classes

GHS Hazard Pictogram Hazard Class & Hazard Category
Division 5.1 Division 5.1 GHS pictogram Oxidizing substances 
  • Substances which, while in themselves not necessarily combustible, may, generally by yielding oxygen, cause, or contribute to, the combustion of other material.
Division 5.2 Division 5.2 GHS pictogram Organic Peroxides 
  • Organic substances which contain the bivalent –O–O– structure and may be considered derivatives of hydrogen peroxide, where one or both of the hydrogen atoms have been replaced by organic radicals.
Division 6.1 Division 6.1 GHS pictogram Toxic Substances 
  • Substances with an LD50 value ≤ 300 mg/kg (oral) or ≤ 1000 mg/kg (dermal) or an LC50 value ≤ 4000 ml/m3 (inhalation of dusts or mists)
Class 8 Class 8 GHS pictogram Corrosive Substances 
  • Substances which cause full thickness destruction of intact skin tissue on exposure time of less than 4 hours.
  • Substances which exhibit a corrosion rate of more than 6.25 mm per year on either steel or aluminium surfaces at 55 °C.

Basic Searches

Enter the chemical name in the Substance field and click on the Submit button. A list of matching results from one or more manufacturers will be returned if the chemical is found in the database. You can then click on the desired result and a summary page will open.

GHS labels and safety data sheets can be printed or downloaded. Click on the View GHS Label button at the bottom left of the summary page to open the GHS label. Click on the View SDS button at the bottom right of the summary page to open the safety data sheet.

Advanced Searches

More advanced searches can be performed by populating multiple fields with data. For example, enter the chemical name in the Substance field and enter the manufacturer name in the Manufacturer field. This will return fewer, but more precise results. Also, the Search Type can be manipulated using the “begins with” and “contains” drop-down selections.

You can search for SDS’s using the CAS number. This will return only pure chemicals and not mixtures that contain that CAS number.

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