MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) requirements and Regulations

OSHA MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) Regulations

Overview

A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is required under the U.S. OSHA Hazard Communication Standard . Most developed countries have similar regulations and requirements.  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. To prepare an MSDS in compliance with the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 for New Zea land, click here .

Summary of MSDS Requirements

The requirements for MSDSs are found in paragraph (g) of 29 CFR 1910.1200 (See below 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.