MSDS is the abbreviation for “Material Safety Data Sheets”, which defines the chemical’s characteristics and it human interface potentials.
MSDS is a document the government requires chemical companies to provide, its intent is to provide you with sufficient information to inform you on how to protect yourself and your employees.
MSDS information should be apart of any safety program.
Material Safety Data Sheets It’s all about your Safety
MSDS = Material Safety Data Sheet – It is law that a chemical manufacturer provide a MSDS on each chemical manufactured.
The MSDS provides information and procedures for those handling a given substance, trucking, loading and unloading, operators, workers and other personnel.
This definition is provided as general information, specific information data on this subject should be available to you in the OSHA link… Hazard Communication. – 1910.1200
*HCWC – Handle Chemicals With Care…
Information and procedures for handling or working with that substance in a safe manner.
Information such as physical data, flammability, corrosivity, (melting point, boiling point, flash point, etc.), toxicity of a given substance, fumes, contact with skin and ingestion, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill-handling procedures.
MSDS for a substance is not primarily intended for use by the general consumer, focusing instead on the hazards of working with the material in an occupational setting.
In some jurisdictions the MSDS is required to state the chemical’s risks, safety, and effect on the environment.
It is important to use an MSDS specific to both country and supplier, as the same product (e.g. paints sold under identical brand names by the same company) can have different formulations in different countries. The formulation and hazard of a product using a generic name (e.g. sugar soap) may vary between manufacturers in the same country.
MSDS information is available from your chemical or product supplier, they must provide this information to you. If they will not, find another supplier.