ES&H Manual



6610 Appendix T1

Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)



Jefferson Lab has determined that working with chemicals carries an unmitigated Risk Code >2. At a minimum all tasks requiring chemicals are discussed with the supervisor prior to commencement of work. An Operational Safety Procedure (OSP) is written for work considered to be Risk Code >2 in accordance with ES&H Manual Chapter 3210 Work Planning, Control, and Authorization Process.


1.0            Purpose


Jefferson Lab recognizes that safety data sheets (SDS) are a key source of hazard information and requires that they be available to everybody at Jefferson Lab. This appendix describes the information generally available on a SDS and provides the instructions on how they are obtained, accessed, and filed.


2.0            Scope


Information is never to be changed or added to a SDS by anyone other than the manufacturer. Contact the SDS Coordinator for clarification or to check the accuracy of a document. Upon receipt of a chemical’s SDS, a copy is submitted to the SDS Coordinator to ensure its accuracy and for filing.


This appendix applies to Jefferson Lab’s chemical SDSs and is performed in coordination with ES&H Manual Chapter 6610 Chemical Hygiene Program. 


3.0            Responsibilities


Overall program responsibilities are outlined in ES&H Manual Chapter 6610 Chemical Hygiene Program.


4.0            Objectives


4.1              Standard Content Information

Typically SDSs contain the following information:

·         Name, address, and telephone number of the chemical manufacturer

·         Physical and chemical characteristics

·         Date of preparation

·         Ingredients in concentrations of 1% or more (for carcinogens, the concentration is >0.5%)

·         Associated health hazards including:

o   Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) permissible exposure limits (PEL) and/or ACGIH TLV

o   Primary routes of entry

o   Carcinogen potential

·         Safe handling and storage methods

·         Recommended engineering controls and PPE

·         Emergency/first aid procedures

·         Environmental impacts


4.2              SDS Access

SDSs are available to everyone at Jefferson Lab through the on-line SDS Database, which is searchable by:

·       Chemical/trade name

·       Building and room/work area


If the SDS is not available in the database:

·         Contact the chemical manufacturer and make a request.

·         Go on-line to the chemical manufacturer’s website and print the document.

·         Receive the SDS with chemical packaging at delivery to Jefferson Lab.  

·         Ask the SDS Coordinator for a paper copy.


4.3              Subcontractor’s SDSs

Subcontractors using chemicals in areas where Jefferson Lab employees have potential to be exposed are required to submit a copy of their SDSs to the SDS Coordinator through their SOTR.


Where no Jefferson Lab employees have potential exposure subcontractors are required to maintain SDSs in a central location on the job site. 


5.0            Revision Summary


Revision 1.1 – 06/14/16 – Periodic Review; formerly titled ‘Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)’; replaced MSDS throughout with Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

Triennial Review – 06/28/13 – No substantive changes per J.Williams

Revision 1.0 – 07/05/10 – Updated to reflect current laboratory operations













ESH&Q Division

Jennifer Williams





This document is controlled as an on line file.  It may be printed but the print copy is not a controlled document.  It is the user’s responsibility to ensure that the document is the same revision as the current on line file.  This copy was printed on 6/17/2016.