The History of SDS Sheets

Back in the turn of the century, workplace safety was not a concept that anyone thought about. You went to work, put in a full day, came home; no complaining. However, the hazards that met you when you arrived at work, were something no one can imagine in todays world .


Many workers had jobs that were set in a factory that involved manufacturing items. In order to manufacture certain items, chemicals were used. The workers who were exposed to some of these chemicals endured painful and debilitating working environments. But again, in those days, it was all part of the job. Back in those days, the dangers of being around certain chemicals for long periods of time never came into question. It wasn’t until the U.S. Bureau of Labor began publishing studies showing the results that came from being around these chemicals. Chemicals such as white phosphorus, which was used to make matches, would make workers jaws rot, also known as Phosphorus Necrosis.


It wasn’t until 1910 when the Bureau of Labor studies prompted the industry to eliminate that chemical and develop a new match making process.


After World War II, chemical safety data sheets were introduced by the Manufacturers Chemical Association which later became the modern safety data sheets which were introduced in the 1960’s.


By the year 1987, all employers were required by law to provide employees with the information regarding any chemicals that were used in the workplace.


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