A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is a form with data regarding the properties of a particular substance. The form data includes information such as:
- Physical data toxicity
- Health effects
- First aid
- Personal protective equipment
- Spill-handling procedures
An SDS is not primarily intended for use by the general consumer, but it focuses instead on the hazards of working with the material in an occupational setting. SDS are a widely used system for cataloging information on chemicals, chemical compounds, and chemical mixtures. SDS are intended to provide workers and emergency personnel with procedures for handling or working with substances in a safe manner and to ensure workplace safety. SDS information may include instructions for the safe use and potential hazards associated with a particular material or product.