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Module 5: MSDS
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What is an MSDS?
A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a detailed technical bulletin that lists health and safety information about the controlled product that you are handling. These sheets contain more safety information than can be put on either a supplier or workplace label.
An MSDS of all controlled products must be accessible to all employees.
What Information is required?
An MSDS includes 9 sections of information:
- Product Information identifies the product, the supplier/manufacturer, and describes the use of the product.
- Hazardous Ingredients list of hazardous ingredients and concentrations
- Physical Data the physical stat (solid, liquid, gas), appearance, smell, boiling and freezing point, etc.
- Fire or Explosion Hazard how the product is to ignite or explode under specific conditions, fire fighting control measures
- Reactivity Data chemical stability and product compatibility
- Health Hazards/Toxicological Properties how the product enters the body, adverse health effects from short or long term exposure
- Preventative Measures safe use, storage and handling procedures
- First Aid Measures steps to take if exposed and immediate treatment if exposed
- Preparation Information name and phone number of person or company who prepared MSDS and date on which it was prepared.
Does the MSDS have to be updated?
Yes. The MSDS has to be updated if new information becomes available. If no new information becomes available in the 3 years after the MSDS was prepared, the supplier has to review the MSDS to make sure that the information is still accurate and re-date the MSDS.
Click here to access SHHA’s online MSDS inventory and view an available MSDS.
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