A Chemical Safety Data Sheet, or chemical SDS, provides much-needed information about hazards that are located within the workplace. OSHA and EPA regulations help companies create risk management programs in order to minimize exposure to chemicals.
Although they are regulated by law, safety data sheets are older than most modern regulatory agencies. The earliest records detailing chemical ingredients come from the Egyptian physician, Imhotep, who recorded how he treated various ailments. What began as individualized prescriptions and recipes over 4,000 years ago have now evolved into the global standard for communicating crucial information about chemicals.