There are two basic differences between an SDS and the old-fashion MSDS. The SDS requires 16 elements and they must be in a specified order as they are listed in the table below. An old-fashioned MSDS did not specify the order and it did not require the same set of 16 elements. For a full description of the differences, see the table below.
The table below is from OSHA’s website and was edited to show just the comparison between GHS and OSHA. For the full table, go here http://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/ghs.html#a
Comparison of MSDS/SDS Elements
The following tables provide a comparison of MSDS elements for the following:
- Globally Harmonized System1
- ISO Safety Data Sheet for Chemical Products 11014-1: 2003 DRAFT 2
- ANSI MSDS Preparation Z400.1- 2004 3
- OSHA Hazard Communication Standard 29#CFR#1910.12004
|MSDS Sections||GHS SDS1||OSHA MSDS4|
|1. Product and company identification|
|2. Hazards identification|
|3. Composition/in-formation on ingredients||Substance|
Note: For information on ingredients, the competent authority rules for CBI take priority over the rules for product identification
|4. First-aid measures|
|5. Firefighting measures|
|6. Accidental release measures|
|7. Handling and storage|
|8. Exposure controls/personal protection|
|9. Physical and chemical properties|
|10. Stability and reactivity|
|11. Toxicological information|
|12. Ecological information|
|13. Disposal considerations|
|14. Transport information|
|15. Regulatory information|
|16. Other information|
1. Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), United Nations, 2005.
2. ISO 11014-1:2003 DRAFT Safety Data Sheet for Chemical Products.
3. American National Standard for Hazardous Industrial Chemicals-MSDS Preparation (ANSI Z-400.1-2004).
4. U.S. DOL, OSHA, 29 CFR 1910.1200, HAZCOM.