Safety Data Sheets are a component of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard and OSHA's Laboratory Standard. Both standards states that employees have a right to know what hazards are associated with chemicals used in the workplace.

Every person who works with hazardous materials at Regis College should:

  • be aware of what an SDS is and its relevance to your health and safety.
  • be aware of how to access an SDS for your work area/laboratory
  • maintain SDSs that are received with incoming chemical shipments and have them readily available for employees/students.
  • Electronic access is also acceptable.

Information contained within an SDS is divided into 16 sections:

  • Identification
  • Hazard(s)
  • Composition/Information on Ingredients
  • First-Aid Measures
  • Fire-Fighting Measures
  • Accidental Release Measures
  • Handling and Storage
  • Exposure Control/personal protection
  • Physical and Chemical Properties
  • Stability and Reactivity
  • Toxicological Information
  • Ecological Information
  • Disposal Considerations
  • Transport Information
  • Regulatory Information

New: Global Harmonized Communication System

HCS Pictograms and Hazards

Health HazardFlameExclamation Mark
silhouette of a person's head and shoulders with a white star over the heart all within a red diamondsilhouette of a fire within a red diamondexclamation mark within a red diamond
  • Carcinogen
  • Mutagenicity
  • Reproductive Toxicity
  • Respiratory Sensitizer
  • Target Organ Toxicity
  • Aspiration Toxicity
  • Flammables
  • Pyrophorics
  • Self-Heating
  • Emits Flammable Gas
  • Self-Reactives
  • Organic Peroxides
  • Irritant (skin and eye)
  • Skin Sensitizer
  • Acute Toxicity
  • Narcotic Effects
  • Respiratory Tract Irritant
  • Hazardous to Ozone Layer (Non-Mandatory)
Gas CylinderCorrosionExploding Bomb
silhouette of a gas cylinder within a red diamondline art of a test tube dripping liquid onto a surface and a hand all within a red diamondline art of an explosion within a red diamond
  • Gas Under Pressure
  • Skin Corrosion/­Burns
  • Eye Damage
  • Corrosive to Metals
  • Explosives
  • Self-Reactives
  • Organic Peroxides
Flame over CircleEnvironment
Skull and Crossbones
line art of a fire behind a circle all within a red diamondsilhouette of a tree beside a hill all within a red diamondline art of a skull with crossed bones behind it all within a red diamond
  • Oxidizers
  • Aquatic Toxicity
  • Acute Toxicity (fatal or toxic)

Through VelocityEHS Regis College is able to store all of our Safety Data Sheets within an online database.

Safety Data Sheet QR codes are posted throughout our Weston campus and all data sheets are available online. If hard copies are needed, please contact Environmental Health and Safety at 781.768.7671 or