SDS regulations & environmental compliance analysis

SDS: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Occupational Safety and Health Administration's safety data sheet (SDS) requirements:

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U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), 15 USC 651 et seq., and hazard communication regulations at 29 CFR 1910.1200(g) and 29 CFR 1910.1200 Appendix D(mandatory)

Trade secrets: 29 CFR 1910.1200(i)

Laboratory hazard information: 29 CFR 1910.1450

Medical records: 29 CFR 1910.1020

Training: 29 CFR 1910.1200(h)

Regulatory Agency

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

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This analysis describes the requirements of safety data sheets (SDSs) under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) hazard communication standard—or HazCom. The SDS is at the heart of federal HazCom, and any employer with employees exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals must comply. The SDS is a detailed, written description of a hazardous chemical. It is the primary source of information about hazardous chemicals for employers and their workers, and it contains comprehensive technical information about a particular chemical and explains the hazards, precautions, and remedies to human exposure.

Employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals must be trained how to access SDSs and interpret them. SDSs must be readily available to employees in their work areas. SDSs are not substitutes to chemical labeling or worker training.



Manufacturers and Importers

Chemical manufacturers and importers must obtain or develop an SDS for each hazardous chemical they produce and provide copies with the initial shipment of the chemical to ...

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