The GHS uses Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) instead of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) – if your campus has not already begun this process, it should carefully begin capturing SDSs and populating them into a library. Any employee that handles chemicals on campus should have immediate access to this library.
SDSs follow a standardized format which provides important chemical and safety information. Any purchased chemical should have a SDS provided by the manufacturer.
Typically, a chemical SDS will provide essential information that outlines the dangers involved in handling, transporting, consuming, combining, storing, and disposing the chemical.
Most importantly, the sheet will provide vital first aid information to first responders and physicians, along with emergency contact numbers.