Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

The SDS is to be used by as a source of information regarding hazards and safety precautions for the particular chemical. Safety Data Sheets can be accessed through the Chemwatch website.

For SDS on-line training, contact the EHS Department at x3427 to schedule

Additional information:

The (Material) Safety Data Sheet (SDS) provides comprehensive information for use in workplace chemical management. The SDS is used as a source of information about hazards and to obtain advice on safety precautions. There are 16 headings in the SDS as described, below.

1 Identification of the substance
or mixture and of the supplier
■GHS product identifier.
■Other means of identification.
■Recommended use of the chemical and restrictions on use.
■Supplier’s details (including name, address, phone number, etc.).
■Emergency phone number.
2 Hazards identification ■GHS classification of the substance/mixture and any national or regional
■GHS label elements, including precautionary statements.
(Hazard symbols may be provided as a graphical reproduction of the symbols
in black and white or the name of the symbol, e.g., flame, skull and
■Other hazards which do not result in classification (e.g., dust explosion
hazard) or are not covered by the GHS.
3 Composition/information
on ingredients
■Chemical identity.
■Common name, synonyms, etc.
■CAS number, EC number, etc.
■Impurities and stabilizing additives which are themselves classified
and which contribute to the classification of the substance.
■The chemical identity and concentration or concentration ranges of all
ingredients which are hazardous within the meaning of the GHS and are
present above their cutoff levels.
NOTE: For information on ingredients, the competent authority rules for
CBI take priority over the rules for product identification.
4 First aid measures ■Description of necessary measures, subdivided according to the different
routes of exposure, i.e., inhalation, skin and eye contact, and ingestion.
■Most important symptoms/effects, acute and delayed.
■Indication of immediate medical attention and special treatment needed,
if necessary.
5 Firefighting measures ■Suitable (and unsuitable) extinguishing media.
■Specific hazards arising from the chemical (e.g., nature of any
hazardous combustion products).
■Special protective equipment and precautions for firefighters.
6 Accidental release measures ■Personal precautions, protective equipment and emergency procedures.
■Environmental precautions.
■Methods and materials for containment and cleaning up.
7 Handling and storage ■Precautions for safe handling.
■Conditions for safe storage, including any incompatibilities.
8 Exposure controls/personal
■Control parameters, e.g., occupational exposure limit values or
biological limit values.
■Appropriate engineering controls.
■Individual protection measures, such as personal protective equipment.
9 Physical and chemical
■Appearance (physical state, color, etc.).
■Odor threshold.
■melting point/freezing point.
■initial boiling point and boiling range.
■flash point.
■evaporation rate.
■flammability (solid, gas).
■upper/lower flammability or explosive limits.
■vapor pressure.
■vapor density.
■relative density.
■partition coefficient: n-octanol/water.
■autoignition temperature.
■decomposition temperature.
10 Stability and reactivity ■Chemical stability.
■Possibility of hazardous reactions.
■Conditions to avoid (e.g., static discharge, shock or vibration).
■Incompatible materials.
■Hazardous decomposition products.
11 Toxicological information Concise but complete and comprehensible description of the various
toxicological (health) effects and the available data used to i
dentify those effects, including:
■information on the likely routes of exposure (inhalation, ingestion,
skin and eye contact);
■Symptoms related to the physical, chemical and toxicological characteristics;
■Delayed and immediate effects and also chronic effects from
short- and long-term exposure;
■Numerical measures of toxicity (such as acute toxicity estimates).
12 Ecological information ■Ecotoxicity (aquatic and terrestrial, where available).
■Persistence and degradability.
■Bioaccumulative potential.
■Mobility in soil.
■Other adverse effects.
13 Disposal considerations ■Description of waste residues and information on their safe handling and
methods of disposal, including the disposal of any contaminated packaging.
14 Transport information ■UN Number.
■UN Proper shipping name.
■Transport Hazard class(es).
■Packing group, if applicable.
■Marine pollutant (Yes/No).
■Special precautions which a user needs to be aware of or needs to
comply with in connection with transport or conveyance either within
or outside their premises.
15 Regulatory information ■Safety, health and environmental regulations
specific for the product in question.
16 Other information including
information on preparation
and revision of the SDS


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