Chemical manufacturers must obtain or develop Safety Data Sheets for each hazardous chemical they produce or import. These SDSs must include at least the following section numbers and headings, and associated information under each heading in the order listed.
Section 1 Identification
includes product identifier; manufacturer or distributor name, address, phone number; emergency phone number; recommended use; restriction on use.
Section 2 Hazard(s) identification
includes all hazards regarding the chemical; required label elements.
Section 3 Composition/information on ingredients
includes information on chemical ingredients; trade secret claims.
Section 4 First-aid measures
includes important symptoms/effects, acute, delayed; required treatment.
Section 5 Firefighting measures
lists suitable extinguishing techniques, equipment; chemical hazards from fire.
Section 6 Accidental release measures
lists emergency procedures; protective equipment; proper methods of containment and cleanup.
Section 7 Handling and storage
lists precautions for safe handling and storage, including incompatibilities.
Section 8 Exposure controls/personal protection
lists OSHA’s Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs); Threshold Limit Values (TLVs); appropriate engineering controls; personal protective equipment (PPE).
Section 9 Physical and chemical properties
lists the chemical’s characteristics.
Section 10 Stability and reactivity
lists chemical stability and possibility of hazardous reactions.
Section 11 Toxicological information
includes routes of exposure; related symptoms, acute and chronic effect; numerical measure of toxicity.
Section 12 Ecological information
identifies the impact that the chemical may have on the environment, both water and soil, and other adverse effects.
Section 13 Disposal considerations
describes safe methods of disposal for the chemical, including the disposal of contaminated packaging.
Section 14 Transport information
identifies Dangerous Goods transportation classification information and any special precautions required for transport.