Personnel can demonstrate how to access SDS

Corrective actions:

The system a unit (laboratory, department, etc.) uses to store SDSs can vary:

  • On a shared computer drive that everyone has access to
  • In the work area Safety Data Sheet folder or notebook

If asked, every lab member must know how and be able to access the SDSs for any chemical they work with. The system adopted must provide easy access to SDSs for hazardous chemicals used in the lab. 

Additional information:

A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is a document containing chemical hazard identification and safe handling information and is prepared in accordance with the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and the Michigan Right-to-Know law.

The Michigan Right-to-Know law requires that units and/or PIs keep SDSs in a systematic and consistent manner. 

To obtain SDSs, search online for the chemical specific to the manufacturer and product ID number. You may keep a repository of downloaded SDSs in a common access folder on a shared drive. Ensure that everyone working in the lab knows how to access this.


  • MSU Chemical Hygiene Plan. Sections 5.1.5. and
  • MSU Right-to-Know Hazard Communication
  • Michigan Right-to-Know law
  • OSHA Standard 1910.1450 (f)(3)(v)
  • OSHA Standard 1910.1200 (b)(3)