SAFETY DATA SHEETS *

Effective Date: 
Mon, 04/01/2002
Reviewed: 
Mon, 07/19/2021
Revised: 
Mon, 07/19/2021
Policy: 

The Student Health Center keeps Safety Data Sheets (SDS) on all hazardous substances used or stored in the Student Health Center. In the event of a problem, the SDS will be referred to for further action.

Procedure: 

UCSC Environmental Health and Safety has a link to the UC SDS Management System, which is a website and search engine; https://ehs.ucop.edu/sds/

The Student Health Center maintains a current Administrative binder of Safety Data Sheets on all hazardous substances used or stored in the Student Health Center. That binder is stored in the Administrative area. Individual departments will also keep copies of their SDS’ specific to their departments, in their Hazard / SDS binder.  These can be found in:

Basement - Central Supply, Laboratory

West Wing Floor 1 - Nurse's Station

West Wing Floor 2 - Nurse's Station

South Wing - Work Room

East Wing Floor 1 - Pharmacy

East Wing Floor 2 - CAPS

In the event of a problem with the use or exposure to any hazardous substance, the SDS will be referred to for further action.  See Section 4 for First Aid.

The Administrative SDS binder is maintained by the Clinical Administrative Nurse (CAN).

Departments are required to forward any SDS to the CAN for any new products, and send notice of any products no longer stocked and in use to be archived.

For items not listed in our SDS binder, SDS’ are accessible on line via Google. Enter "SDS" or "MSDS" + the name of the product.

This is especially important for patient exposure that occurred elsewhere on campus.

SDS' (formerlyl known as MSDS ' - Material Safety Data Sheets) are kept by the Clinical Administrative Nurse.

 

When searching for information on SDS', search the different categories.

SDS Categories:

1. Identification of the substance / preparation

2. Hazards idenification

3. Composition / information on ingredients

4. First Aid Measures 

  • General Advice 
  • Eye Contact
  • Skin Contact
  • Inhalation
  • Ingestion
  • Protection of First-Aiders
  • Most important symptoms and effects, both acute and delayed 
  • Indication of any immediate medical attention and special treatment needed

5. Fire Fighting Measures

6. Accidental Release Measures

7. Handling and Storage

8. Exposure Controls/Personal Protection

9. Physical and Chemical Properties

10. Stability and Reactivity

11. Toxicological Information

12. Ecological Information

13. Disposal Considerations

14. Transport Information

15. Regulatory Information

16. Other Information

 

NOTE: some non-hazardous substances that are used by SHC staff are listed on the SDS list, and are denoted with a leading asterisk (*).

Key Points: 
  • The SDS binder is maintained by the Clinical Administrative Nurse
  • A composite Master SDS binder is stored in the Administrative area
  • Specific SDS’ will be kept in each department for the hazardous substances stored there
  • SDS should be referred to for any problem with any hazardous substance
  • Google SDS’ and the name of the product, for substances not found in our binder
  • Non-hazards on the SDS list are denoted with an asterisk (*)