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Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)

Agricultural Tailgate Safety Training for Operators and Supervisors
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Agricultural Safety and Health Program

Objective: To become familiar with Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Trainer’s Note

Safety increases when on-the-job hazards are understood. The SDS is an easy reference for information on hazardous substances. The SDS must be “readily accessible” to workers exposed to hazardous substances. The distribution of SDS is required on farms with 11 or more (full- or part-time) employees. Review the SDS supplied with this module. Emphasize that the information benefits and protects workers. Use an SDS to guide the discussion. Review the true or false quiz.


The SDS provides information on hazardous materials, substances, and wastes. Chemical manufacturers develop and provide an SDS for each hazardous product. The distributor is responsible for getting SDSs to employers. Keep at least one copy of the SDS with the chemical.

SDSs are not standardized but should include:

  • Name and composition of chemical
  • Emergency telephone number(s)
  • Name of the manufacturer and distributor
  • Location of manufacturer and distributor
  • Signal word (Danger, Warning, Caution)
  • Regulatory information 
  • Hazardous ingredients
  • First aid procedures
  • Health hazard information
  • Control for exposure (Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] required)
  • Physical hazard information
  • Spill or emergency directions
  • Disposal information

Review the Following Points

  • The importance of the material SDS
  • What is included on an SDS list and why
  • The benefits of an SDS.

About These Modules

The Ag Tailgate Training Series was developed by members of the Agricultural Safety and Health Program in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Revised by Dee Jepsen, State Agricultural Safety Leader, with editing assistance by Lisa Pfeifer and Cody McClain.

True or False Answer Key

  1. T
  2. T
  3. T
  4. T
  5. T

Quiz : Safety Data Sheets (SDS)



True or False?    

1. Employees have the right to know about on-the-job hazards. T F
2. SDS help to protect employees. T F
3. There is no standard form for an SDS. T F
4. An SDS contains information on hazardous materials, substance, and wastes. T F
5. An SDS describes chemical hazards and how to work with the chemical safely. T F








Originally posted Sep 17, 2019.