A safety data sheet (SDS), material safety data sheet (MSDS), or product safety data sheet (PSDS) is an important component of product stewardship, occupational safety and health, and spill-handling procedures. SDS formats can vary from source to source within a country depending on national requirements. SDSs are a widely used system for cataloging information on chemicals, chemical compounds, and chemical mixtures. SDS information may include instructions for the safe use and potential hazards associated with a particular material or product. The SDS should be available for reference in the area where the chemicals are being stored or in use.

Below is a link to an online SDS-GHS database.

SDS-GHS Database


For additional information related to Hazard Communication and secondary labeling, review Hazard Communication Update.  Additionally, an example label is provided that can be used for a secondary container or when the manufacturer’s label has been either removed or defaced.  *Please note, the example label requires the completion of the NFPA diamond, circling the word “Danger” or “Warning” as the required signal word, circling the relating pictograms and marking out the unrelated pictograms, and completion of the remaining sections including manufacturer or responsible party name, chemical name, hazard statements, precautionary statements, manufacturer’s or responsible party’s address/location and contact numbers associated with the manufacturer or responsible party.  Other labels are permissible as long as they provide the required information.