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How to Read an Safety Data Sheet for All Industries

    How to Read an SDS for All Industries

    Course Overview

    This intermediate online safety course instructs workers on How to Read a Safety Data Sheet, commonly referred to as an SDS and formerly known as a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). In adherence with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), this course reviews how to read the ingredients contained in chemical products and how to understand the associated health hazards, physical characteristics, exposure limits and control measures. Students will learn about special handling procedures that chemical manufacturers specify for safely using chemical products in the workplace.

    Intended Audience

    This online Safety Data Sheet (SDS) course is designed to help workers, supervisors, managers and employers in all industries learn how to read and understand an SDS where chemical manufacturers document the safe use and controls of their hazardous chemical products in a manner that adheres to OSHA GHS standards and applicable local or state regulatory legislation.

    • Workers in All Industries
    • Supervisors in All Industries
    • Managers in All Industries
    • Employers in All Industries

    Based on:

    • OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) as found in 29 CFR 1910.1200(g).

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this Safety Data Sheets (SDS) course, you will be better able to interpret the information presented in each section of an SDS. You will be better able to use an SDS to identify safe work practices when working with, when handling or when exposed to a hazardous chemical.

    More specifically, you will be able to:

    1. Recognize what’s involved with hazard communication and the role of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) in a hazard communication program
    2. Identify and interpret hazardous chemical information as documented in each section of an SDS
    3. Identify ways to use an SDS to work more safely with hazardous chemicals or to reduce the risk of exposure
    4. Identify employer responsibilities with regard to hazard communication and SDSs

    Course Prerequisites

    • ClickSafety's Hazard Communication Awareness and/or Hazard Communication Advanced course is recommended
    • No course prerequisites required
    • Learner is required to know relevant terms, such as chemical properties, particularly associated with the hazardous chemicals found in the learner’s workplace

    Course Topics

    • Hazard Communication
    • SDS Overview
    • SDS Sections 1 through 16
    • Employer Responsibilities

    Course Assessments

    • Learner must pass in-course drills at a rate of 100%
    • Failing a drill sends the learner back (one slide) to a pre-drill review, if one exists, or to beginning of current section

    Industry Terms

    • Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
    • Safe Work Practices
    • Hazard Communication (HAZCOM)
    • OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard
    • Worker Right-to-Know
    • Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)


    By taking the ClickSafety’s Safety Data Sheets (SDS) online safety course, you will learn how to properly read and interpret the potential chemical hazards and safe work practices from an SDS. After you successfully complete the course you will:

    • Know about SDS forms and how to use safe work practices when handling chemical products
    • Discover the recommended use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and hygiene, the signs and symptoms of exposure, health effects, emergency and first aid procedures, and how to identify cancer-causing chemicals
    • Find out the chemical manufacturers requirements and recommendations of how to properly handle, store and dispose of chemical products according to federal and state laws
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