Msds Safety Sheet

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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As discussed on the previous page ("MSDS Chemical Sheet"), your MSDS safety sheet is one of your company's most critical documents, for it consolidates safety information in one easy-to-read printout. Aside from the name, structure, reactivity, and fire information, there are several other important sections on your MSDS. Whether you keep an online MSDS database or a stack or folder full of printed sheets, all of this information must be present and easily accessible in order to meet OSHA guidelines.

Section VI of the MSDS safety sheet specifies the health hazard information you'll need if you or a worker are exposed to a toxic chemical. The route of entry into the body may be via ingestion or inhalation. Other substances have a percutaneous entry, which means they are absorbed through the skin upon contact. Employees who handle highly toxic substances each day may come to know which ones pose a potential risk and which ones are essentially nontoxic. Nevertheless, this information must be listed, for not every worker will have the same level of experience and background.

Sections VII and VIII of Your MSDS Safety Sheet

Section VII of the generic MSDS form includes precautions for safe handling and usage. If there's a spill or contamination, this section specifies the proper clean-up method. Some substances shouldn't be excessively dusted or swept for fear of more extensive contamination. Other materials require respirators for safe clean-up and removal.

Section VIII of your sheet covers special protection information. There may be OSHA guidelines for proper respirator use or the removal of a particulate from your plant's floor or machinery. If glove use or eye protection is also required, it is listed here as well. Generally, however, it is always a smart idea to have eye wash stations and gloves available throughout your plant or store.

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