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MSDS

Material Safety Data Sheets, or sometimes called MSDSs, are essential in giving the necessary information about a chemical. More information about MSDSs may be obtained by calling Magaly Montenegro Martinez at x2092.

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According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR1910.1200 Hazard Communication Standard, information regarding the manufacturer, chemical identity, hazards, appropriate personal protective equipment, emergency procedures and other information must be provided to employees for hazardous chemicals they may encounter in the workplace.

In 1993 ANSI developed the z400.1 standard which outlined a standard format for the creation of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). This format has 16 parts and has the following format:

Section 1: Product and Company Identification

This section provides the product name, manufacturer’s name, address and contact information. It may also contain product codes or stock numbers for the chemical or mixture.

Section 2: Hazard Identification

This section has four parts:

Emergency Overview – physical state and health and environmental hazards that require immediate attention in case of an emergency.

OSHA Regulatory Status – identifies whether the substance is considered hazardous or non-hazardous with regards to the Hazard Communication standard.

Potential Health Effects – adverse health effects and related symptoms upon exposure are identified.

Potential Environmental Concerns – potential effects to the environment upon release are identified.

Section 3: Composition

This section identifies the hazardous constituents of the product and includes the chemical name, common name, any synonyms, Chemical Abstract Service registry number (CAS) and percentages or range of percentages for each listed component.

Section 4: First Aid Measures

This section has two parts:

First Aid Procedures – this part provides brief emergency first aid instructions for each route of exposure (inhalation, ingestion, inhalation and contact) for the untrained individual.

Notes to Physicians – this part contains information regarding specific antidotes, treatments and diagnosis information healthcare professionals.

Section 5: Fire Fighting Measures

This section provides information to hazards presented if this material is involved in a fire or explosion. It may include specific information about extinguishing media and personal protective equipment to be used to fight a fire involving this product.

Section 6: Accidental Release Measures

This section provides information for responding to spills, leaks or releases in order to prevent or minimize potential adverse effects to personnel and the environment. This includes personal protective equipment (PPE), equipment and techniques appropriate for the clean-up and any specific reporting requirements.

Section 7: Handling and Storage

This section contains information for the proper storage of the product. Any specific requirements are outlined.

Section 8: Exposure Control/Personal Protection

This section has three parts:

Established exposure guidelines – this part includes but is not limited to OSHA permissible exposure limits (PEL) and ACGIH threshold limit values (TLV).

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines – this part includes recommendations for gloves, suits and respiratory protection.

Engineering controls – this part identifies any engineering controls that may be employed to remove or minimize hazards while handling this product.

Section 9: Physical and Chemical Properties

This section lists the physical and chemical properties of the product, including, but not limited to: physical state, boiling point, specific gravity (or density), melting point, flash point, auto-ignition temperature, vapor pressure, solubility and other data.

Section 10: Stability and Reactivity

This section lists the physical and chemical properties of the product, including, but not limited to: physical state, boiling point, specific gravity (or density), melting point, flash point, auto-ignition temperature, vapor pressure, solubility and other data.

Section 11: Toxicological Information

This section provides information regarding potential human health effects of chronic and acute exposures. This includes but is not limited to target organs, genetic and developmental effects, carcinogenicity and respiratory sensitivity.

Section 12: Ecological Information

This section contains information regarding ecotoxicity, persistence or degradability, bioaccumulation, mobility in the environment and other pertinent data.

Section 13: Disposal Considerations

This section contains information regarding the recommended method for proper disposal of the product.

Section 14: Transport Information

This section contains basic information regarding the classification and any special precautionary information that may be useful in preparing the product for shipment. It is not intended to provide all of the regulatory details for the shipment.

Section 15: Regulatory Information

This section provides information regarding the regulatory status of the product. It may not be all inclusive and is intended to be use as a general guide.

Section 16: Other Information

This section is used to convey any additional information about the product that may not be covered in any of the other sections.

 
Last modified: September 4, 2012
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