A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a 16 point document that contains information on the:
•potential health effects of exposure to chemicals, or other potentially dangerous substances
•safe working procedures when handling chemical products.
Where to obtain an MSDS
The supplier you purchase the hazardous chemical substance from will issue you the MSDS, or you will have to request it from them. The suppliers websites usually have the MSDS for download, if they have a website.
What to do once you obtain the MSDS
Once you have obtained the 16 point document from the supplier you must communicate it to your employees and add a copy to your site safety file. Only add the MSDSs to the site file that you will be using on site.
MSDS Acknowledgment Form
The MSDS acknowledgement form is to be signed by the employees to prove that the employer has communicated the MSDSs to the employers. Ensure each employee signs the MSDS acknowledgment form. A copy of the signed MSDS acknowledgment form can be added under the MSDS tab in your safety file.