Osha Msds

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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OSHA MSDS are the easiest way to ensure that your company's safety standards are in line with those of the governmental agency. OSHA goes to great lengths to make sure not only that companies are in compliance, but that standards are "harmonized" across industries. That way commercial paint manufacturers are held to the same standards as textile companies.

The producer of a chemical is required by law to include a separate MSDS for each material it manufactures. If a company isn't manufacturing chemicals but simply importing them, it is still required to have an MSDS database on file. It is up to distributors to make sure that their customers have OSHA MSDS so that they can administer first aid or provide other emergency services in the event of an accident.

The Need for OSHA MSDS

It's a major task to make sure that every company across America meets environmental and occupational standards. No matter how good a job the agency does, there are business owners who try to dodge compliance guidelines, which causes the incidence of workplace injury and death to rise. By the agency's estimates, some three million workplaces expose their employees to approximately 650,000 different hazardous chemicals. All told, more than 32 million workers handle these chemicals in the U.S. each year.

OSHA's goal is to make sure that the right information is disseminated to these workers. Chemicals can cause a wide range of health problems, from simple irritation to carcinogenicity, depending on the means and the degree of exposure. With the right MSDS training and information, companies can minimize their liabilities and their employees' long-term health risks.

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