Risk Management & Safety

An SDS contains information on the properties of chemicals and materials. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that SDSs 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 a material safety data sheet for each hazardous chemical they produce or import. Employers must have a material safety data sheet 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 RMS at mail stop 1042.

If you need a SDS for a chemical, you should first check the CHIMERA Online Safety Data Sheet Search. If an SDS cannot be found, please contact the RMS office. 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 2 or 3 years old, you may want to ask the manufacturer or distributor if a newer SDS is available.

This document was last modified on February 20, 2020.