Frequent Questions

Does the EPA prepare or maintain Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)? Where can I find SDSs?

The EPA does not prepare or maintain safety data sheets (SDSs), formerly called Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDSs.

Preparing or maintaining SDSs:

Hazard Communication Standard: Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Recommended Format for Safety Data Sheets. 

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) Rule (29 CFR 1910.1200(g)) requires that the chemical manufacturer, distributor, or importer provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs). 

OSHA’s Hazard Communication website provides additional information. 

For further questions on the process and requirements for developing an SDS sheet, you may contact OSHA

Finding an SDS:

For Household Products, see National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services: Household Products Database

For product standards, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

For products in your workplace or laboratory, you can contact your laboratory or workplace.

You can also contact the distributor or manufacturer of the product.

Additional information:

You can also search for information about SDSs on the following Web pages:

External Links Disclaimer: Please be aware that links to non-EPA sites do not imply any official EPA endorsement. Furthermore, EPA does not accept any responsibility for the opinions, ideas, data or products presented at those locations, or guarantee the validity of the information provided. EPA does not guarantee the suitability of the information for any specific purpose.

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