The Safety Corner

What Sections on the SDS direct your PPE selection?

  1. Section 2:

This section reviews the Hazards Identified with the product. There will be Signal words and hazard statements that should be the biggest clue. Some examples of these are:


May cause cancer


Do not breath vapors

May cause respiratory irritation

Wear protective gloves

Flammable liquids

Use only in a well-ventilated area

Toxic to reproduction

Remove from the area if inhaled

Keep away from bare skin

Highly flammable liquid and vapors

May cause drowsiness or dizziness

Acute Toxicity (inhaled). Harmful if inhaled

Will cause breathing difficulty if inhaled

May be harmful if inhaled, or comes in contact with the skin

These are all examples that should create a clue for us to make sure that we are selecting the appropriate PPE for contact and respiratory hazards.


  1. Section 8

Section 8 Provides guidance on the exposure limits, engineering controls, and personal protective measures that can be used to minimize worker exposure. Required information consists of:

  • Recommendations for personal protective measures to prevent illness or injury from exposure to chemicals, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and any special requirements for the PPE


  1. Section 9

This section identifies physical and chemical properties associated with the substance or mixture.

Things to look for include but are not limited to:

Flash point


vapor density (for gas)

Specific gravity (liquids)


  1. Section 10

In this section there is a description of the reactivity hazards of the chemical and the chemical stability information. They may include:

Reactive hazard?

Is the product stabile?

Materials to avoid.

Incompatible materials

Conditions to avoid

 When navigating the SDS and trying to find the right PPE for the job, each of these sections should help you determine the appropriate PPE.