(Material) Safety Data Sheets
A Safety Data Sheet (SDS, formerly known as MSDS) is a detailed information bulletin prepared by the manufacturer or importer of a chemical that describes its physical and chemical properties, physical and health hazards, routes of exposure, precautions for safe handling and use, emergency and first–aid procedures, and control measures. OSHA requires that employers maintain a complete and accurate SDS for each hazardous chemical used in the facility.
You can also find SDS documents on product pages. Click on the (M)SDS icon and click on "View SDS" for view, save, or print options. Not all products have an SDS. As of June 1, 2015, all products must be in compliance with OSHA's 2012 Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom 2012). This standard incorporated the global chemical classification system known as GHS. This project (required by OSHA) mandated all applicable products and formulas be evaluated and classified to a new system, mostly consistent with the rest of the world.
As a distributor of multiple brands impacted by this change, Fastenal has been working diligently with suppliers through this change to ensure compliance with the SDS as well as transition to GHS labels when required. The same work is being done for Canada’s version, WHMIS 2015, which has deadlines beginning in 2017. OSHA has issued an enforcement advisory related to HazCom 2012 and the implementation deadlines. The enforcement advisory explains that in cases where a manufacturer has documented their attempts to get the information necessary to comply with HazCom 2012 and was unable to get the information in time, there will be up to a six month extension on the compliance date. Fastenal will need to use this extension (December 1, 2017) in some cases. To read more about OSHA's Interim Enforcement Guidance for Hazard Communication 2012 (HCS 2012), visit: https://www.osha.gov/dep/enforcement/hcs_guide_052015.html.
If you have a need for further information or request for missing or updated SDS, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.