Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Course Description

This training is designed for those who work with hazardous chemicals. If there are hazardous chemicals in your workplace, you need to know about the material safety data sheet (MSDS). An MSDS is a written description of a hazardous chemical or chemical product and is the primary source of information about workplace chemicals for employers, workers, and the communities where the chemicals are manufactured or used. Each MSDS contains comprehensive technical information about a particular substance and explains the risks, precautions, and remedies to exposure related to hazardous chemicals. Employees must be trained how to access MSDSs and interpret them and MSDSs must be readily available to employees in their work areas. This important document reveals the hazards of the chemicals you work with and describes the precautions you need to take to keep safe and healthy.

Duration: 25 minutes

Why "Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)" Matters

  • Material safety data sheets (MSDSs) are a critical component of OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).
  • Over 30 million American workers are exposed to hazardous chemicals on the job.OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard covers some 650,000 chemical products found in over 3 million establishments.
  • The MSDS is the vital link between employees and the information they need to work safely with chemicals.
  • Employees who don’t understand hazards and protections are more likely to have accidents and dangerous exposures.
  • MSDS violations make their way onto OSHA’s most-frequent violations list nearly every year,with hundreds of companies cited for failing to make MSDSs readily available or failing to train their workers to interpret the safety and health information contained in the MSDS.

Key Points

  • All employees must be able to access MSDSs at all times,meaning the MSDS access management system must always be functional.
  • All employees who need access to MSDSs must be trained to use the system effectively to quickly find a specific MSDS.
  • Make sure employees have unimpeded access. If you rely on one of the electronic MSDS systems,avoid OSHA violations by making sure to provide a backup system.
  • The MSDS is the foundation of chemical safety in the workplace.
  • MSDSs must be accessible to you at all times.
  • Always read the MSDS carefully before handling, storing, or disposing of any hazardous chemical.
  • Be sure to ask a supervisor if you still have any questions about hazards or precautions after reading the MSDS.

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