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Safety Data Sheet service and Hazard Communication

Your SDS Management System: ChemSafe

Coming soon, member districts will be afforded access to a new online SDS management system. Please contact Loss Prevention for more information.


What is Hazard Communication?

Hazard Communication, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), and Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Employers are required to inform their employees of the hazardous substances they are exposed to at the work site. Regular training is mandatory. Requirements for developing, implementing, and maintaining a hazard communication program are found in Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations

Globally Harmonized System.

The GHS was established to standardize and streamline chemical information worldwide; it was developed by the United Nations in 1992 and formally adopted in 2002.

What is different?

  • Harmonized classification of hazardous substances and mixtures
  • Standardized signal words, pictograms, and hazard statements
  • Specified formats for safety data sheets and labels
  • Shasta-Trinity Schools is migrating service from 3E to ChemSafe, more information is coming soon
SDS (Safety data sheets)

The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is now known as the Safety Data Sheet (SDS). It is very important for employees to be familiar with the 16 parts of the SDS.

  • School districts must ensure they have a SDS for all chemicals in the district inventory
    • Contact manufacturer or look online
  • SDS must be available to all employees on-site
  • You must keep all MSDS/SDS for 30 years, even if you no longer use the chemical. Documentation can be kept as paper or electronically

For information on how to set up your inventory, please contact the STSIG Loss Prevention Manager, 530-221-6444.