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Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

Last updated: April 13, 2022

What Does Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Mean?

A safety data sheet (SDS) is a safety document that chemical manufacturers provide with their products. Each SDS will include information related to the safe use and storage of the product, such as its physical properties, chemical properties, and emergency control measures.

Safety data sheets were originally known as material safety data sheets (MSDS) until 2012 when OSHA adopted the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

Safeopedia Explains Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

The purpose of a safety data sheet is to act as a quick reference for safely storing, handling, and transporting the chemical product.

The specific contents of the document vary depending on the nature of the substance and the manufacturer. It will, however, typically include the following information:

  • Physical information (e.g. the chemical's boiling point)
  • Toxicity
  • Safe handling procedures
  • Personal protective equipment required when using the product
  • First aid procedures in the event of accidental exposure
  • Reactivity of the substance
  • Safe storage of the product
  • Appropriate disposal methods


MSDS Sheets, Manufacturer Safety Data Sheet, Material Safety Data Sheet, MSDS

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