Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Last Updated: September 29, 2018

Definition - What does Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) mean?

A Material safety data sheet (MSDS) Is a comprehensive information sheet about a product or substance used in the workplace. The primary purpose of the document is to quickly provide employees or emergency responders with details regarding the contents and safety hazards of a particular product. The MSDS also lists safe handling and emergency response procedures for the product. The MSDS may also be referred to as a safety data sheet (SDS) or a product safety data sheet.

WorkplaceTesting explains Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requires that all chemicals used in the workplace have a MSDS provided by the chemical’s manufacturer or distributor. Specific information is required to be included in this data sheet. In particular, the MSDS must list all health and environmental hazards associated with the product as well as procedures for safely handling, storing, transporting, and disposal of the product. Additional details regarding the specific contents and chemical composition of the product will also be included on the MSDS. The MSDS is a key component to safety in any workplace where chemicals are used, allowing workers to access important information quickly in the event of an emergency.

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