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WHAT IS ON A METERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET (MSDS)

  • An MSDS is broken into several sections


General Company Information Section

  • Manufacturer's Name

  • Emergency Telephone Number

  • Address (Number, Street, City, State, and Zip Code)

  • Date Prepared

Hazard Ingredients Section

  • Chemical and Common Name(s)

  • OSHA PEL - Regulation

  • ACGIH - TLV - Recommendation

Physical Characteristics Section

  • Specific Gravity (H20=1)

    • > 1 Sinks in water

    • < 1 Floats on water

  • Vapor Density (AIR=1)

    • > 1 Sinks in Air

    • < 1 Floats on Air

  • Evaporation Rate (Butyl Acetate = 1)

    • > 1 Fast Evaporation

    • < 1 Slow Evaporation

  • Appearance and Odor

Safe Handling and Use Section

  • Steps to be Taken in Case Material is Released or Spilled

  • Disposal Method

  • Precautions to be Taken in Handling and Storing 

Fire and Explosion Hazard Section

  • Flash Point

    • Below 100 Degrees

    • At or Above 100 Degrees

  • Flammable Limits LEL or UEL

  • Extinguishing Media

  • Unusual Fire and Explosion Hazards

Reactivity Data Section

  • Stability

  • Incompatibility

Health Hazard Data Section

  • Route(s) of Entry:

    • Inhalation/Skin/Ingestion

  • Health Hazards

    • Acute (Short Term)

    • Chronic (Long Term)

  • Carcinogenicity

    • National Toxicology Program

    • International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

  • Signs and Symptoms of Exposure

  • Medical Conditions Generally Aggravated by Exposure

  • Emergency and First Aid Procedures

  • Methods to Protect Employees


SAFETY REMINDER - YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW, SO IF YOU DON’T KNOW, ASK


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