About Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)
- OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard requires chemical manufacturers, distributors, or importers to provide SDSs (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDS) to communicate the hazards of chemical products. As of June 1, 2015, the Hazard Communication Standard will require new SDSs to be in a uniform format, and include the section numbers, the headings, and associated information. For additional information on Hazard Communication’s SDS, visit the OSHA website at http://www. osha.gov/Publications/HazComm_QuickCard_SafetyData.html.
- Always read and understand the manufacturers’ SDS for the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) and other materials before you start your SPF application. Many different variables are present during SPF application, so evaluate each application and job site individually so that appropriate worker protection can be afforded.
- The SDS contains important information about the product, including the chemical constituents and approximate concentrations; the personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for the job; information on how to handle accidental releases; and information on storage, handling, transportation and disposal.
- Note that OSHA requires that all SDSs be readily available to all workers at the jobsite, which may include other trade workers. Many SDSs are now available online so workers with enabled devices or in-truck internet service also may be able to access them electronically on site. In addition, it may be possible to obtain the SDS in multiple languages if needed. Contact the manufacturer for more information.
- For more information, please read: Have You Read the SDS?
- Helpful resources available from OSHA include: