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MiniCHART - Understanding an SDS

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Previously known as a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is a legally required source of information on hazardous chemical substances (HSCs) used in the workplace. Regulation 9A of the OHS Regulations for Hazardous Chemical Substances obliges manufacturers, importers or suppliers to supply them free of charge. The format must comply with an internationally applied standard (adopted in SANS 11014) comprising of 16 numbered sections. Proper use and understanding of this document helps prevent accidents. This MiniCHART explains the content of the SDS. It also outlines the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of classification and includes the pictograms and their meanings as well as the warning diamonds used for all modes of transport.