Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)
Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) are documents that describe the physical and health hazards of chemicals or chemical-containing products and and must be readily accessible to employees during all work shifts when these products are present in the work environment. An SDS search tool is available in BioRAFT under the Research Tools menu.
SDSs can be printed, indexed and stored in binders and/or as labeled electronic files on a computer/server. The index must be updated whenever a chemical product is added to or deleted from the inventory. The file should be checked annually to verify that all SDSs are present and legible.
Workers must be trained and able to demonstrate that they can successfully obtain an SDSs, regardless of whether they use BioRAFT or a paper system.
If electronic access has been lost and you need immediate access to an SDS outside of regular business work hours, contact the NYU Campus Safety at 212-998-2222 and they will call EHS to assist with the request.
What is the difference between a MSDS and SDS?
A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is generated in accordance with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The SDS format is new and replaces the MSDS or Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) format.