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Chemical Safety

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 Chemical Safety and Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Employees who work with chemicals or compounds are entitled to know and understand any associated chemical hazards associated with the materials they are handling in addition to having the equipment and training to adequately protect themselves from exposure. Employers are required to provide workers with information, protective equipment, and training on any hazardous chemicals used in the workplace. Employees must have Safety Data Sheets (SDS) available to them and know how to locate and understand them. 

SDS used to be known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDS. With the recent introduction of a globally harmonized system (GHS) for the classification of chemicals, MSDS became known as SDS. In addition to the name change, the format of the document has been standardized internationally. Most countries follow the standard using per-determined hazard statements and precautionary descriptions. The SDS consists of sixteen (16) sections that provide users with a description of the chemical they are working with, its uses, properties, hazards, and safe handling precautions, including disposal.

To get more information on the use of specific chemicals and handling procedures for a specific County operation please contact the corresponding Department Safety Coordinator.

For further information on specific regulatory guidelines please refer to the link below:

OSHASDS Quick Card