Understanding safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals


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This fact sheet will help you understand: 

  • the information in a safety data sheet (SDS) 

  • what each section in the SDS means 

  • how to check if an SDS complies with the model Work Health and Safety Regulations. 

Reading, understanding and following the information and instructions in an SDS is important for using hazardous chemicals safely in the workplace. 

The model Code of Practice: Preparation of safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals has information how to prepare an SDS. 

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Hazardous chemicals
Classifying chemicals
Hazardous chemicals
Labelling chemicals
Safety data sheets