How to Write a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDs) for Your Product

How to Write a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDs) for Your Product

How to Write an MSDS for Your Company's Product

Overview

This page will help you prepare an MSDS for your company's product(s). A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is required under the U.S. OSHA Hazard Communication Standard .(Also called the Right-to-Know Law).  Development of MSDS's was mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in their Hazard Communications Standard 29CFR 1910.1200. Every company that manufactures or distributes hazardous chemicals in the United States must prepare a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and make it available to employees who work with the company and business purchasers. Most developed countries have similar requirements.  To prepare an MSDS in compliance with the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 for New Zea land, click here . The MSDS is a detailed informational document prepared by the manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical.  It describes the physical and chemical properties of the product. MSDS's contain useful information such as flash point, toxicity, procedures for spills and leaks, and storage guidelines. Information included in a Material Safety Data Sheet aids in the selection of safe products, helps you understand the potential health and physical hazards of a chemical and describes how to respond effectively to exposure situations. Although there is an effort currently underway to standardizes MSDS's the quality of individual MSDS's vary. A MSDS may be useful but it can not substitute for prudent practices and comprehensive risk management.

Requirements

The requirements for MSDSs are found in paragraph (g) of 29 CFR 1910.1200 ( click for the full text of the regulation ). MSDSs must be developed for hazardous chemicals used in the workplace, and must list the hazardous chemicals that are found in a product in quantities of 1% or greater, or 0.1% or greater if the chemical is a carcinogen. The MSDS does not have to list the amount that the hazardous chemical occurs in the product. Specifically.

     They are required as a part of any compliance obligation to be available and displayed prominently in the workplace. The public has a right to MSDS data upon request.  

    They must be written in English and contain: