If you receive a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) with a chemical shipment, please do not throw it away! That document is sent for several reasons and is more important than you may realize.
- First, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that MSDS's "shall be maintained and kept in a readily accessible area." This means that MSDS's for the hazardous substances that you work with should be available and accessible to you. Any MSDS's received with shipments or received separately should be placed in your MSDS binder or file.
- In addition to the compliance requirements, MSDS's should be kept and maintained because they provide necessary, helpful, and useful information on the properties of the chemical or chemical product. You should familiarize yourself with those properties, such as flammability, corrosiveness, and toxicity, as well as storage and handling information, before working with the chemical. It is also vital to your personal safety to have MSDS's accessible for immediate reference in the event of an emergency such as a spill, fire, or physical contact with the chemical
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Page last modified February 11, 2015