What Are Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)?
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) contain all the important information about a cleaning product including first aid instructions, emergency details, composition and storing recommendations, as well as important handling guidelines.
When a cleaner or caustic substance is developed, manufacturers must collect all this important data and make it available in Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to retailers, who in turn make it available to consumers. It's unfortunate that we don't get these MSDS sheets with the product when we purchase it, just a summary on the bottle or tin.
But with today's technology, consumers should be proactive to research the MSDS sheets for the products they keep around the house, to at least know how to properly store and handle the product, and to be able to quickly access the emergency information, should it ever be required. Where can you find this product information? From either the manufacturer's site or the specific product's site.
In the workplace, MSDS sheets should be kept in an organized fashion for quick reference and they should be stored in an area known to employees so they can easily find it, should there be a mishap with the product and first aid needs to be given. Regardless the size of the workplace, employees should have access to information about such products used or kept on the premises.
Since first aid and emergency response can vary depending on the composition of the product, it's crucial that the exact recommended instructions be followed. MSDS sheets are often revised by the manufacturer as products change and these updates should also be made down the market stream. When it comes to safety at home or at work, we need to be proactive to learn about the products we use every day.
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