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What is an MSDS?

A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is a document typically prepared by the manufacturer or importer of any hazardous substance. An SDS, or the older format MSDS, must be maintained by all employers for all hazardous substances that any employee may come in contact with while performing their duties. The SDS (or MSDS) must be available to all employees while in their work area. The SDS (or MSDS) contains important information regarding the potential hazards involved with the substance.

A Safety Data Sheet contains the following sections:

  • Section 1, Identification;
  • Section 2, Hazard(s) identification;
  • Section 3, Composition/information on ingredients;
  • Section 4, First-aid measures;
  • Section 5, Fire-fighting measures;
  • Section 6, Accidental release measures;
  • Section 7, Handling and storage;
  • Section 8, Exposure controls/personal protection;
  • Section 9, Physical and chemical properties;
  • Section 10, Stability and reactivity;
  • Section 11, Toxicological information;
  • Section 12, Ecological information;
  • Section 13, Disposal considerations;
  • Section 14, Transport information;
  • Section 15, Regulatory information; and
  • Section 16, Other information, including date of preparation or last revision.




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