Saturday, 18 September 2010

Material data sheets (MSDS) Information

Why a chemical analysis of a product from the information on an MSDS isn’t viable

An MSDS is a fact sheet developed by manufacturers and is required to state the chemical's risks, safety and impact on the environment and describes how to respond effectively to exposure situations. by describing the hazardous chemical properties of a product. Includes names of substances in the chemical that might be dangerous, and safe exposure limits such as Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL), set by OSHA or the Threshold Limit Value (TLV).

The target audience for information in a MSDS is the occupation worker who may be exposed to the listed chemicals for prolonged periods. This information is also required for the safe storage, handling and spill protection procedures and safe disposal of the material.

Be cognizant that it is only hazardous chemicals that need to be listed; there are many other chemicals and perhaps even buffering agents or neutralizers that are non-hazardous and therefore are not required to be included.

How to Read a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Definitions of Terms Used in Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) -

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