Sunday, December 11, 2011

Material Safety Data Sheet: OSHA Requirements

The recommended format and the most used is the ANSI MSDS, but the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) categories are the minimum and the legally enforceable. Most of MSDS are using the ANSI format but if you find an OSHA MSDS these is what you will find in it.

Let’s use the MSDS of the ACETONE
 
MSDS_OSHA_BANNER


Section I. Manufacturer's Name and Contact Information 

 MSDS_OSHA_Section_1

General Information about the substance such as chemical formula and common names.

Section II. Hazardous Ingredients 

 MSDS_OSHA_Section_2

All the ingredients in the composition of the substance must be listed, especially the carcinogens agents that are required to be listed at levels of 0.1% or greater.

Section III. Physical and Chemical Characteristics

 MSDS_OSHA_Section_3

All the information about boiling and freezing points, volatility and more.

Section IV. Fire and Explosion Hazard Data 

MSDS_OSHA_Section_4

Everything about the potential fire hazard of the chemical, and the conditions under it could ignite or explode. Also like in the ANSI MSDS, some firefighting methods are listed aswell.

Section V. Reactivity Data
 
MSDS_OSHA_Section_5

Other substances that the chemical wont be compatible or could react with, along with some  proper storage conditions.

Section VI. Health Hazards 
 
MSDS_OSHA_Section_6

Everything about the Health hazards of the compound, any symptoms depending on the route of entry on the body.

Section VII. Precautions for Safe Handling and Use / First Aid Procedures 

MSDS_OSHA_Section_7

Section dedicated to ensure the chemical will be stored and handled with the proper procedures and precautions. Be sure to know that this section is very important for insurance companies so you better do everything its said in this part.

In some types of MSDS this section is dedicated to the first aid procedures that must be followed in case of an incident involving a person.

Section VIII. Control Measures
 
MSDS_OSHA_Section_8

Further safety instructions like personal protective equipment.

3 comments:

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

I just learned more about acetone than I ever thought I would haha.

Hento the loony repairman :D said...

hmm, i never knew products needed such detailed charts to be shipped or handled but, this makes sense, there is a lot of vital important information, shoudl awlays heck for how epxlosive or extra care one needs with a certain product

Cynical720 said...

Wow! Learn something new everyday!

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