Safety Data Sheets Checklist

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: April 15th, 2012
Topics: HazCom |


The Hazcom standard requires employers to ensure that each hazardous chemical used in the workplace have a material safety data sheet, or MSDS. The new GHS Rule makes significant changes, not to MSDS requirements but what kind of information the MSDS must list. GHS even changes the name of MSDS to SDS, or Safety Data Sheet. By June 1, 2016, all hazardous chemicals at your workplace will require an SDS. But you’re also likely to receive SDSs from chemical suppliers before the June 1, 2016 deadline. So you need to be prepared to ensure that these SDSs comply with GHS rules.


Use this Checklist to ensure that all SDSs you receive from hazardous chemical manufacturers or importers includes all the information that an SDS must have—or that you list all the information required if you prepare your own SDSs.

Click here for a parallel MSDS Checklist you can use to verify that MSDSs list the appropriate information that you can use until the transition period ends on June 1, 2016 and all MSDSs will have to be replaced with an SDS.