MSDS vs SDS
What is the difference between MSDS and SDS?
MSDS is Material Safety Data Sheets, whereas SDS just Safety Data Sheets. Why drop the M? OSHA standardized the format, as well as simplifying the name, giving consistency with the Globally Harmonized System used in the European Union. SDS is a simpler and more effective way to communicate the hazards of the chemicals used.
MSDS could be in different formats for the information, so nothing was regulated. By switching to SDS, it is now easier for employees to find the information they need for chemicals.
SDS is similar to MSDS, the difference is that it is presented in a standardized, user-friendly, 16 section format. The other difference is that SDS adheres to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). GHS specifies what information should be included on the Safety Data Sheets. This conversion from MSDS to SDS had to be completed by June 1, 2015 for manufacturers.