Understanding the Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

Course Description:

Hazardous chemicals are found in many workplaces, and every day millions of workers face the potential for exposure. Therefore, it is important to know what chemicals are in your workplace, what hazards they present, and how to limit exposure to those chemicals. This course provides information on the purpose of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and introduces the safety data sheet (SDS) to all persons who may encounter hazardous chemicals in the workplace. By the end of the training, you will be able to summarize the GHS and how it affects hazard communication in the workplace; recognize how the SDS improves your access to vital safety, health, and environmental information about chemicals used in the workplace; explain the accessibility of SDSs in the workplace, and identify the 16 sections of the SDS and the information contained in each section.

Course Duration: 24 minutes

Why “Understanding the Safety Data Sheet (SDS)” Matters:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA) Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard requires employers to communicate about hazards in the workplace. Two key ways to do that is with labels on chemical containers and the SDS (formerly material safety data sheet (MSDS). The MSDS has been an essential part of basic safety in the workplace for decades.

Key Points:

  • It’s essential to safety and health to have and know how to find complete and accurate information about the substances employees work with.
  • The SDS provides the information needed to prevent accidents and exposures that can be hazardous or toxic.
  • How to use the SDS for information on substances used on the job.

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