Effective June 1, 2015, Federal Standard No. 313-E, Material Safety Data, Transportation Data and Disposal Data for Hazardous Materials Furnished to Government Activities, established the requirement for preparation and submission of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) in lieu of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) by suppliers who provide hazardous materials to government activities.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has modified its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. As a result of this change, Federal Standard No. 313-E was revised to require Safety Data Sheets for classifying chemicals and communicating the applicable information on labels.
In accordance with the revised standard after June 1, 2015:
1. Offerors/Contractors are required to submit, to the contracting officer for review and approval prior to award, safety data sheets consistent with the requirements found at 29 C.F.R.1910.1200 for any hazardous materials or items containing hazardous materials that are to be delivered to the Government.
2. Offerors/Contractors are required to submit, to the contracting officer for review and approval prior to award, hazardous warning labels in accordance with 29 C.F.R. 1910.1200 for hazardous materials delivered to the Government.
3. Finally, offerors/contractors are required as part of the new FEDSTD 313E to train their employees on the new safety data sheets, hazardous warning labels, and requirements of 29 C.F.R.1910.1200.
For more information on SDS, offerors/contractors should refer to the OSHA website, available at:
For information on 29 C.F.R. 1910.1200, offerors/contractors should refer to the below link: