OSHA Hazard Communication Compliance Made Easy

MSDS LinksOSHA’s hazard communication standards evolve regularly. So should your understanding of what it takes to be compliant. To make it easy for you, here are some key rules you and your staff need to implement.

  1. Provide up-to-date, accessible SDS (MSDS) for each product containing hazardous chemicals that you and your staff use. Most practices provide binders in areas where staff come into contact with hazardous chemicals. If you’re a larger practice where your staff use different types of substances in different areas, you may need to display separate binders accordingly. That said, online SDS systems are OK by OSHA as long as they’re up-to-date and accessible.
  2. Don’t have SDS for a particular product? You must request it in writing. SmartPractice makes it easy by consolidating SDS of major dental supply vendors here. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Call SmartPractice at 800.522.0800 or visit our contact page and we’ll be happy to email you any dental supply SDS sheets you need within 2-5 business days.
  3. Train your employees on handling and storing hazardous materials, as well as how to respond to safety issues involving them. Putting your SDS binder on a shelf and hoping for the best just won’t cut it. Your employees should know what to do and where to go in order to comply with OSHA safety standards.
  4. By December 1, 2015, your practice must be compliant with all modified provisions of the Hazard Communication Standard Final Rule. Until this date, your distributors can still ship products labeled by manufacturers under the previous system.

5. By June 1, 2016, be sure to update your hazard communication program, labeling and training where necessary. Check OSHA’s safety and health topics for dentistry so you can keep doing all you can to keep your practice safe.


OSHA compliance can be a stressful topic, but with SmartPractice, you can rest assured that you’ll get the resources and information you need to keep on top of it. How else can we help you be the safest and healthiest practice possible? Let us know in the comments!