Safety Data Sheets

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) (29 CFR 1910.1200(g)), revised in 2012, requires that the chemical manufacturer, distributor, or importer provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) for each hazardous chemical to downstream users to communicate information on these hazards. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) provide valuable information such as the properties of each chemical; the physical, health, and environmental health hazards; protective measures; and safety precautions for handling, storing, and transporting the chemical.

The manufacturer or distributor of a chemical product is required to send a safety data sheet to the purchaser (UTRGV) with the initial shipment of a product/hazardous chemical and with each update of the Safety data sheet. Safety data sheets will either accompany or precede the shipment. The manufacturer or distributor is not required to send an SDS with subsequent orders of the same product.

UTRGV requirements

Texas State law requires an employer to maintain a legible updated copy of a current SDS for each hazardous chemical purchased in a location that can be readily accessible in the event of an emergency. This copy can be a paper copy or maintained on a data base, but must be accessible within 15 minutes in the event of an emergency, or within the period of a standard work shift (eight hours) in a non-emergency.

Ways to find an SDS include:

  1. Maintain SDS for chemicals purchased in orderly fashion in laboratory.
  2. Call Environment Health, Safety and Risk Management 665-3690 or 882-5929.
  3. Call the manufacturer or distributor.
  4. Access SDS sheets via the web (some links located below).

SDS Links:

Miscellaneous Hazardous Chemical Information:

Note: Some companies may require initial registration before you can access their site.