WHMIS MSDS


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 Information
  • Hazards Identification
  • Composition / Information on Ingredients
  • First Aid Measures
  • Fire & Explosion

  • Accidental Release Measures
  • Handling & Storage
  • Exposure Controls / Personal Protection
  • Physical & Chemical Properties
  • Stability and Reactivity
  • Toxicological Information
  • Ecological Information
  • Disposal Considerations
  • Transportation
  • Regulatory Information
  • Other

  • 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.