It describes the physical and chemical properties of the product.MSDSs contain useful information such as flash point, toxicity, procedures for spills and leaks, and storage guidelines.
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) Services Intertek, a global leader in regulatory support, product conversion, product assessments, and testing, prepares new and updates existing Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS – now known as SDS) to REACH (Regulation 2006/1907/EC), CLP (Regulation 2008/1272/EC), Globally Harmonized System (GHS), and OSHA standards.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. In general, if your business uses hazardous chemicals (as opposed to manufacturing or importing them for sale to others) you should be able to obtain a MSDS from the manufacturer, so that you can post it in the workplace and keep it in your records.MSDS authors, corporate toxicologists, industrial hygienists, and environmental health and safety professionals, take heed: According to OSHA estimates, nearly 1 million Material Safety Data Sheets will have to be re-authored or updated once the new provisions of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) take effect in the United States.
Specifically, according to OSHA research So the elephant in the room is, "How are organizations going to efficiently update and distribute nearly 1 million revised safety data sheets to 40 million workers, all in a cost-efficient manner?
Chemical manufacturers must ensure appropriate and current material safety data sheets are shared with distributors and employers (chemical end users) with their initial product shipment and any time an MSDS is updated.