In 2013, OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The revised standard requires the use of a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as Material safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). At William & Mary, SDSs are used in work planning, hazard mitigation, equipment compatibility, and first aid treatment. In case of an accident involving a chemical, having a SDS for the emergency personnel and the attending physician will help assure proper treatment can be administered as quickly as possible.
Supervisors, including Principal Investigators, are responsible for ensuring their employees have access to SDSs for all hazardous chemicals used in the workplace. This information must be accessible for employees during all shifts. Access to a SDS can be achieved through paper copies or via Internet through the College’s Safety Data Sheet electronic library (ebinder). Complete instructions on accessing ebinder is located on the room door where hazardous materials are located and outlined in the guidelines on Accessing Safety Data Sheets Online .
The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) electronic library provides site-wide access to:
- SDSs on chemicals used at W&M
- Chemical inventories for W&M buildings