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Safety Data Sheets

What is a Safety Data Sheet (SDS)?

While reading the label is the first step in identifying the hazards associated with a chemical product, the SDS provides more detailed health and safety information. An SDS is a document prepared by the manufacturer of the product to provide information to the end-user.

Below is a summary of the information you can expect to find in an SDS:

 How to read a Safety Data Sheet

SDS Requirements

For each hazardous substance supplied to the University:

  • An SDS must be obtained before or on the first occassion that it is supplied
  • The SDS must be readlily available to any employee or student who could be exposed to the substance

How do I obtain an SDS?

For most substances the simplest way to obtain an SDS and to ensure it is readily available is to use Chem Alert. Unfortunately, there are some substances that do not exist in Chem Alert, in which case they can be obtained from the manufacturer.

It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to provide  Safety Data Sheets for the hazardous substances they supply. Hence you can contact them directly to obtain an SDS.