Environmental Health and Safety
Material Safety Data Sheet Information
MSDS formats may vary between manufacturer's, but each MSDS should contain specific information as required by OSHA . At times the hazards in a MSDS may seem to be overstated, but the same MSDS is used to convey the hazards of the chemical in teaspoon quantities or a rail car load. A handy glossary is included to help you with some of the more common terms found on the MSDS.
The MSDS is broken up into sections of specific information. Even though the section numbers may be different, the MSDS should have the following information:
Section 1 identifies the product, its manufacturer, and who to contact in emergenies.
Section 2 identifies the hazardous ingredients of the product. All components with a chemical or physical hazard that are present in 1% or more will be identified; 0.1% if it is a carcinogen.
Section 3 lists the health hazards with each route of entry, the symptoms of exposure, and chronic health effects.
Section 4 identifies the first aid measures to be taken in case of exposure.
Section 5 identifies the Control Measures to be used to prevent exposure including the requirements for ventilation, respiratory protection, gloves and eye protection.
Section 6 lists some pertinent Physical and Chemical Characteristics such as the boiling points, whether the vapor is heavier than air, and density.
Section 7 lists the Fire and Explosion Hazard information.
Section 8 contains the reactivity data. Combining the material with certain other substances could result in uncontrollable and dangerous reactions.
Section 9 Indicates the procedures to be used for spills and disposal. Waste disposal laws vary between states, and manufacturers are not able to indicate specific disposal methods. If you need to dispose of the material, contact a regulatory agency in your state for advice.
Section 10 contains other pertinent information regarding the product.
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