MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET (MSDS)
A technical document providing information on a controlled product, for example:
- hazardous ingredients
- hazards (fire, explosion, reactivity)
- health effects of exposure (acute and chronic)
- hazard evaluation related to storage and handling
- measures to protect workers
- emergency procedures
You may run across two "sizes" of MSDS Forms in Canada.
A more common one is the 9 Section Form. There is also a newer 16 Section Form.
These sections are;Product and Supplier InformationHazards IdentificationComposition / Information on IngredientsFirst Aid MeasuresFire & Explosion>Accidental Release MeasuresHandling & StorageExposure Controls / Personal ProtectionPhysical & Chemical PropertiesStability and ReactivityToxicological InformationEcological InformationDisposal ConsiderationsTransportationRegulatory InformationOther
Below is a Sample of a 9 Section MSDS
MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS (MSDS) are commonly kept in a standard 3-ring type of binder which is labelled, "MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS". EVERY CONTROLLED PRODUCT USED AT A SPECIFIC WORKSITE MUST HAVE THE CORRESPONDING MSDS INFORMATION AVAILABLE
This would also include field worksites where the MSDS information may be in a pickup truck that is NOT LOCKED.
MSDS INFORMATION may be in any language and ALL workers must be able to understand them.
MSDS INFORMATION may be on a computer as long as ALL workers know how to access this information on the computer.
The downside to a computerized MSDS system is that an emergency incident may cause a power outage at the critical time when the MSDS information is needed.
Standard 3-ring binder for Material Safety Data Sheets
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MSDS EXPIRATION DATES
A MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET (MSDS) is only valid for a period of three years.
There should be a designated company employee assigned to maintaining the complete WHMIS program at the workplace.