OSHA Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) are a critical part of workplace safety. They provide important information about the hazards of hazardous chemicals, including first aid procedures, emergency response, and storage and disposal requirements.
70% of OSHA Citations Are Related to SDSs
A recent study by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that 70% of all citations issued by the agency are related to SDSs. This means that having accurate and up-to-date SDSs is essential for avoiding OSHA violations.
What’s in an SDS?
An SDS typically includes the following information:
- Product identifier
- Manufacturer or distributor information
- Hazardous ingredients
- Physical and chemical properties
- Health hazards
- Precautions for safe handling and use
- First aid procedures
- Emergency response procedures
- Disposal procedures
How to Keep SDSs Up-to-Date
SDSs should be kept up-to-date to reflect changes in the product, such as new hazards or new safety precautions. Manufacturers are required to update SDSs whenever there is a significant change to the product.
How to Store SDSs
SDSs should be stored in a location where they are easily accessible to employees who need them. They should also be kept in a format that is easy to read and understand.
How to Use SDSs in an Emergency
In the event of an emergency, SDSs can be used to provide first aid and to help responders identify and contain the hazard.
How Contractors Risk Solutions Can Help
Contractors Risk Solutions (CRS) can help you keep your SDSs up-to-date and in compliance with OSHA regulations. We offer a risk management center that allows you to store, manage, and access your SDSs online. We also offer training on how to use SDSs in an emergency.
OSHA Safety Data Sheets are an essential part of workplace safety. By keeping your SDSs up-to-date and in compliance with OSHA regulations, you can help to protect your employees and your business from hazards.
To learn more about how CRS can help you with your SDSs, please visit our website or contact us today.