Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

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From Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

In 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) branch aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) to rename—and standardise—the MSDS process. The GHS system is used across the European Union, so this change was enacted for consistency across the region.

In addition to dropping the M—to now have it named Safety Data Sheets (SDS)—the formatting of the reports were also regulated. Prior to 2012, regulations regarding the order and contents of a MSDS differed across jurisdictions. The introduction of SDS came with layout regulations, including a standardised, user-friendly 16-section format.

Companies had three years to complete the change from MSDS to SDS.