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Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)

Chemwatch (SDS Entry)

Entry to the SDS library is restricted to College of Iowa/College of Iowa Well being Care college, workers, and college students.

Contact data and areas of experience will be discovered on the Contact Us web page.

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What’s a Security Information Sheet (SDS)?

  • An SDS (previously often called MSDS) contains data such because the properties of every chemical; the bodily, well being, and environmental well being hazards; protecting measures; and security precautions for dealing with, storing, and transporting the chemical.
  • It offers steerage for every particular chemical on issues reminiscent of:
    • Private Protecting Tools (PPE)
    • First help procedures
    • Spill clean-up procedures

Who must have SDSs?

  • OSHA’s Hazard Communication Commonplace (1910.1200) and Lab Security Commonplace (1910.1450) each require that SDSs be readily accessible throughout every work shift to workers when they’re of their work space(s).
  • Laboratories, services or retailers that use chemical substances should receive an SDS that’s particular to every chemical used within the office.

How do you receive an SDS?

The College of Iowa retains a contract with Chemwatch, a web based database that maintains SDS for the College neighborhood. Every PI/space supervisor is predicted to maintain an up-to-date manufacturer-specific chemical stock in EHS Help. As long as the PI/space supervisor does this, corresponding SDS will probably be accessible in Chemwatch.

If the chemical stock in EHS Help is full and up-to-date, the PI/space supervisor doesn’t want to accumulate SDSs themselves.

When you should not have entry to Chemwatch resulting from an incomplete stock, the PI/space supervisor continues to be liable for having manufacturer-specific SDS accessible for lab staff. To acquire SDS, get them from the producer.

  • They could be despatched with the chemical order (paper copy or e-mail attachment).
  • In any other case, go to the producer’s web site and obtain it or request a replica.

When you can’t receive a vendor-specific SDS, change the chemical with one for which an SDS is offered. If that isn’t possible, contact John Silka at 335-8031.

How do you retailer/preserve SDSs?

Chemwatch, the net database, each maintains SDS and updates them as wanted for the College neighborhood. SDS are usually accessible by way of the net database. Within the occasion of an influence outage or lack of community functionality, SDS can be found by calling the Chemwatch telephone quantity. The SDS will be learn to you or faxed to a location of your selecting.

When you should not have entry to Chemwatch resulting from an incomplete stock, the PI/space supervisor is accountable for sustaining and updating manufacturer-specific SDS for staff.

  • SDSs will be saved electronically or as paper copies.
  • SDSs should be saved in a location that each one workers can entry throughout work hours (not behind a locked door or on a password-protected system to which they don’t have the password).
  • SDSs should be saved within the work space (not distant or in one other constructing).
  • If digital copies are used, SDSs should nonetheless be accessible if the world loses electrical energy or web entry.
    • Again-up choices embrace:
      • A laptop computer with PDFs (or any digital file kind) on the native arduous drive.
      • PDFs downloaded onto a USB stick.
      • A pc with PDFs on the native arduous drive that is attached to a battery back-up or plugged into an outlet on a back-up generator (purple shops).

Be aware: You could not use Google (or any search engine) as your lab’s technique of SDS entry. Moreover, it’s possible you’ll not count on your workers to entry SDS by way of their private sensible telephones.


  • Chemwatch Consumer Information
  • Chemwatch Entry Info (one web page printable sheet for posting)


All workers should be educated on the right way to learn, perceive, and entry Security Information Sheets. If the lab employs each a major technique of SDS entry and a back-up secondary technique of entry, each strategies ought to be coated throughout coaching. Coaching should be documented for every worker by way of the completion of one of many programs listed under.

Lab Chemical Security – W008CM

  • EHS generic coaching course is required initially and beneficial yearly. To complete your coaching requirement, you will need to additionally know particular data distinctive to your personal work space. Use the Web site-Particular Coaching guidelines situated inside the course content material to evaluation site-specific coaching gadgets together with your supervisor or designated work space coach.
  • Viewers: Individuals who work with chemical substances in analysis labs.

HazCom with GHS – W115OS

  • This course is required initially and beneficial yearly. It offers details about dealing with hazardous chemical substances within the office.
  • Viewers: Personnel utilizing chemical substances in areas aside from labs.

For additional coaching and registration data, go to EHS Security Coaching.

Exterior Hyperlinks

  • OSHA Transient on SDSs
  • Pathogen Security Information Sheets and Danger Evaluation from the Public Well being Company of Canada

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