What is MSDS

MSDS is shorted for Material Safety Data Sheet. A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a document that contains information on the potential hazards (health, fire, reactivity and environmental) and how to work safely with the chemical product. It is an essential starting point for the development of a complete health and safety program. It also contains information on the use, storage, handling and emergency procedures all related to the hazards of the material. The MSDS contains much more information about the material than the label. MSDSs are prepared by the supplier or manufacturer of the material. It is intended to tell what the hazards of the product are, how to use the product safely, what to expect if the recommendations are not followed, what to do if accidents occur, how to recognize symptoms of overexposure, and what to do if such incidents occur.

Definition from WIKIPEDIA as following:
A material safety data sheet (MSDS), safety data sheet (SDS), or product safety data sheet (PSDS) is an important component of product stewardship and occupational safety and health. It is intended to provide workers and emergency personnel with procedures for handling or working with that substance in a safe manner, and includes information such as physical data (melting point, boiling point, flash point, etc.), toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill-handling procedures. MSDS formats can vary from source to source within a country depending on national requirements.

MSDSs are a widely done system for cataloging information on chemicals, chemical compounds, and chemical mixtures. SDS information may include instructions for the safe use and potential hazards associated with a particular material or product. These data sheets can be found anywhere where chemicals are being used.

Information in MSDS(Material Safety Data Sheet)
There are nine (9) categories of information that must be present on an MSDS in Canada. These categories are specified in the Controlled Products Regulations and include:
1. Product Information: product identifier (name), manufacturer and suppliers names, addresses, and emergency phone numbers;
2. Hazardous Ingredients;
3. Physical Data;
4. Fire or Explosion Hazard Data;
5. Reactivity Data: information on the chemical instability of a product and the substances it may react with;
6. Toxicological Properties: health effects;
7. Preventive Measures;
8. First Aid Measures;
9. Preparation Information: who is responsible for preparation and date of preparation of MSDS.

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