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Frequently Asked Questions: Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
What are some best practices for management of SDSs?
Some suggestions from MedTrainer’s experts to help with the transition from MSDS to SDS include:
• Identify the person(s) responsible for maintaining an inventory of all hazardous chemicals on premises
• Eliminate unneeded hazardous chemicals through a local disposal company
• Update the inventory as new products are added as part of the procurement process
• Maintain an electronic library of SDS’s for all employees to access
• Keep a “simple” back-up (external drive, single printed binder that is easily accessed in the event of an
emergency or power-outage)
When do I need to be ready?
The deadline for manufacturer’s and distributor’s to make SDS’s available to end users (customers) was
June 1, 2015; however, OSHA has allowed an exception based for making “reasonable diligence and good
available and comply with all training and product labeling requirements is June 1, 2016. Employers must
Are SDS needed for pharmaceuticals?
FDA-regulated drugs that are administered by injection or orally, are covered by the Hazardous
Communication Standard which would include having SDS’s available. There are exceptions for drugs as
tion to the patient (i.e., tablets, pills, or capsules) or which are packaged for sale to consumers. An OSHA
representative makes the distinction that for any type of medication which poses a hazard to employees,
having SDS’s available is a “best practice”.*
Are labels required for secondary containers?
Employers have the option to provide all of the required information that is on the original label from
of, which in combination with other information immediately available
information regarding the hazards of the chemicals.
It is acceptable as long as the SDS has as all the same information required and there are no additional
Does household consumer products used in the workplace require an SDS?
No, unless it is used in a manner greater than the typical consumer. This is especially debatable with
an OSHA inspector if the quantity of product at a workplace is greater than that of a consumer. It is highly
recommended to have SDS’s for all hazardous chemicals used in the workplace due to potential employee
injury or exposure, safety preparedness and accreditation inspections.
Want more information? Watch a pre-recorded webinar on MSDS to SDS transition (hyperlink).
Sign up for a free 14-day trial; click here https://www.medtrainer.com/sds T: 888-337-0288
© 2015 Medtrainer, Inc. This guide does not constitute legal advice and all information contained herein is subject to
additional terms and conditions that may be enforced by the Federal, State, and Local regulations.
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