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How to maintain an MSDS (Material Data Safety Sheet)

If your company manufactures products that contain potentially hazardous chemicals, communicating those hazards through Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), ANSI (American National Standards Institute) stickers and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) labels can be a challenging part of your business's compliance with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).

In many ways, the MSDS provides the foundation formeeting OSHA’s standards, as it contains detailed information to help maintain a compliant, effective, and safe facility.

Identify hazards and chemicals
- Collect all available scientific data pertaining to the physical and chemical properties and toxicity of the chemicals found in a product. This includes:

  • Any chemical considered a carcinogen or potential carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, or OSHA.

  • Any epidemiological studies or case reports of adverse health effects.

  • Any results of toxicological testing in animal populations.

  • The results of any studies which are designed and conducted according to established scientific principles, and which report statistically significant conclusions regarding the health effects of a chemical.

- Analyze the data to determine the physical and health hazards. You must list any hazardous chemical that is present in products to an extent of 1% or greater. In the case of carcinogenic chemicals, you need to list those that are present at levels of 0.1% or greater. You do not, however, need to list the exact concentrations of these chemicals.

- List each chemical's physical and chemical properties, stability and reactivity.

Describe precautions and emergency response. List firefighting techniques and necessary equipment, and any flammability hazard.

- List possible routes of exposure; numerical measures of toxicity; acute and delayed symptoms; first-aid measures, including required treatment; and chronic effects of exposure.

- List the emergency procedures, protective equipment,and containment and clean-up methods in case of an accidental release.

- List precautions for safe handling and storage, including incompatibilities.

- List OSHA's Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs), Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) and appropriate engineering exposure controls and personal protective equipment (PPE).

- Provide information on proper disposal and transportation – including HAZMAT labeling and any ecological effects.

Once written, an MSDS must be made available to employees and every downstream user, including anyone who imports, stores or distributes the product.

While there currently is not a required format for providing this information, as of June 1, 2015, SDSs (Safety Data Sheets, another name for MSDSs) must follow a specified 16-section format, in alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. For more information on the format, review OSHA’s recommendations here.

MSDS Safety Labels Keeping your MSDS and labels up-to-date can help prevent accidents and bolster employee confidence and efficiency.
 
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