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Safety Data Sheets

Manufacturers and distributors are responsible for providing Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for their products. The same material may have different precautions depending on concentration or formula. Because of this, it is always best to consult the SDS for the exact product you are using. 

Safety Data Sheets may be the most important tool in hazard communication. The Globally Harmonized System of hazard communication mandates that all SDS follow the same 16 section format as shown below.

  1. Product and Company Identification
  2. Hazard Identification
  3. Composition/Information on Ingredients
  4. First-Aid Measures
  5. Firefighting Measures
  6. Accidental Release Measures
  7. Handling and Storage
  8. Exposure Controls/Personal Protection
  9. Physical and Chemical Properties
  10. Stability and Reactivity
  11. Toxicological Information
  12. Ecological Information
  13. Disposal Considerations
  14. Transport Information
  15. Regulatory Information
  16. Other Information
SDS's of all hazardous materials must be available to all employees who may come in contact with those materials. Contact your supervisor if you would like to see a product's SDS. UW Oshkosh subscribes to ChemWatch a website based SDS hosting service. 

To view a SDS for a given material you must provide the following information when logging in from a campus computer. 

Account: Oshkosh
Username: everyone
Password: UWOchemwatch

If you would like additional training on the ChemWatch system or additional access to manage Safety Data Sheets in your work locations contact

Because an SDS must be provided in an emergency situation, you should have quick and easy access to your SDS library. It is recommended that in addition to having hard (paper) copies, you become familiar with the ChemWatch service. Please see the Chemical Exposure section below for instructions on what to do in the event of a chemical spill or release. 

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