Material Safety Data Sheets Checklist

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: April 20th, 2012
Topics: HazCom |


The Hazcom standard requires employers 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. This tool will guide you in developing your own. But the new SDS rules don’t take full effect until June 1, 2016. From now through that date, employers can rely on either an old school MSDS or newfangled SDS to comply with Hazcom. As a result, you should prepare to deal with both sets of MSDS/SDS requirements through the June 1, 2016 transition period.


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

Click here for a parallel SDS Checklist you can use to verify that SDSs list the appropriate information