A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) contains information on the properties of chemicals and materials. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that SDS’s be available on site for all hazardous chemicals in the workplace: 29 CFR 1910.1200 (g)(1).

Chemical manufacturers must develop and importers must obtain an SDS for each hazardous chemical they produce or import. Employers must have an SDS in the workplace for each hazardous chemical which they use.

When you purchase a new chemical or material, request that the SDS is sent with the shipment. Please forward a copy of the SDS to Risk Management & Safety (RMS) at mail stop 1042.

If you need an SDS for a chemical, you should first check the CHIMERA Online Safety Data Sheet Search. If an SDS cannot be found, please contact RMS. On-campus users can access the database directly, but those choosing to use the system from an off-campus location must log in using their CHIMERA account. To request an account please visit the CHIMERA Account Request form.

Please keep in mind that many manufacturers change formulations, and if the SDS's that you have are over two years old, you may want to ask the manufacturer or distributor if a newer SDS is available.