What Are Material Safety Data Sheets?

plumberAll organizations that store and use chemicals must maintain a book with the most up-to-date Material Safety Data Sheets, or MSDS sheets, in an easy-to-access location at all times. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates this rule in Standard 1910 for Toxic and Hazardous Substances. 

Every potentially hazardous material used in the building or on the jobsite must have an MSDS on file to ensure proper procedures are available to educate and ensure workplace safety. This is especially important in the case of accidental exposure, ingestion, or an allergic reaction.

Where do MSDS documents originate? Each product’s supplier and manufacturer creates the MSDS for individual products. While it is not the employer’s job to create these documents, it is the employer’s responsibility to maintain the more recent files that include all potentially hazardous materials. It’s also up to employers to educate employees on the proper use of them, and where to find the MSDS master book.

Employers developing employee safety programs will want to reference these guidelines. Any time a new substance is introduced or there is a product update, it is important for employers to communicate the hazard immediately to employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration maintains guidelines for obtaining, keeping, and creating these MSDS documents.

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