The US Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) issued regulations in 2012 requiring workplaces to have on hand Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for each chemical produced, or in use, in each facility. The current version of SDS, revised from the earlier Material Safety Data Sheet, has a required standard format with 16 sections. The sections summarize the information needed to safely handle a given chemical. Storage, normal use, handling, emergency measures and disposal are among the topics covered on the SDS. Employers are required to keep current SDS accessible to their employees, which may be done by a designated person or through use of SDS management software. Compliance with OSHA regulations is one facet of risk management for users of hazardous materials.
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