Changes are coming to the MSDS; um, I mean the SDS

You may have noticed that our MSDSs (Material Safety Data Sheets) are now called SDSs (Safety Data Sheets).  In 2012, OSHA revised The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) (29 CFR 1910.1200(g)).  The purpose of the form is the same; however, it is expected that each form now be written in a clear, consistent, 16-section format.  For more information, please see the OSHA links below.

OSHA Brief:  Hazard Communication Standard: Safety Data Sheets

OSHA Quick Card:  Hazard Communication Safety Data Sheets


So what do you need to know when searching the Restek website for a SDS?  Other than the name, nothing on our website has changed!  They are still located under the Documentation Tab of a reference standard product page.  They can still be found using the Documentation Search function with a reference standard catalog number and lot number (see below).




Aside from reference standards, virtually all Restek manufactured items are considered “articles”, and a SDS is not required (see below).

Hazard Communication Glossary . . . . . . . . .OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200

“Article” means a manufactured item other than a fluid or particle: (i) which is formed to
a specific shape or design during manufacture; (ii) which has end use function(s)
dependent in whole or in part upon its shape or design during end use; and (iii) which
under normal conditions of use does not release more than very small quantities, e.g.,
minute or trace amounts of a hazardous chemical (as determined under paragraph (d) of
this section), and does not pose a physical hazard or health risk to employees.


To read more about SDSs, and when they are/are not required, I suggest reviewing this link  (please note that the information provided is not from Restek, and we cannot be responsible for its content).  The MSDS FAQ:  Index


Thanks for reading.


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