Michigan SDS laws & safety compliance analysis

Michigan SDS: What you need to know


Michigan is a “state plan” state; that is, it has a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act (MIOSH), which has to be at least as strict as the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), governs workplace safety and health, including Safety Data Sheet (SDS) requirements, in both the public and private sectors. The state has adopted the standards of the federal OSH Act and has adopted its own stricter state requirements for hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER), notice of new or revised SDSs, and for posting information about SDSs.

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See the national section MSDS/SDS for a description of the federal requirements.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) administers and enforces occupational health requirements, including those for SDSs, in both the public and private sector workplaces.

Michigan Administrative Code (MAC) r. 325.52117

The employer must use SDSs and other published literature as a guide in making a determination as to the level of appropriate protection for employees.

Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 408.1014k

Not later than 5 working days after receipt of a new or revised SDS, the employer must post for a period of 10 working days a notice of the existence of the MSDS/SDS and directions for locating it. Employers must organize SDSs systematically and consistently and train employees in locating them.

MCL 408.1014j

Signs must be posted throughout the workplace, informing employees of their protections and obligations under the Act. The signs must ...

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