Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

A Safety Data Sheet (SDS), previously called a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), is a document that provides information on the properties of hazardous chemicals and how they affect health and safety in the workplace. For example an SDS includes information on:

  • the identity of the chemical, 

  • health and physicochemical hazards, 

  • safe handling and storage procedures, 

  • emergency procedures, and 

  • disposal considerations. 

The SDS should always be referred to when assessing risks in the workplace.